1. Let’s begin with the trailer that left the film fraternity and masses mesmerized. From ancient forts and retinues to caravans and cannons, and from heavy army and artillery to a single horse-rider riding into a dust storm – the visualization is par excellence.

2. A decade ago, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had been invited to the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris – a rare honour extended to an Indian filmmaker. Padmavati first performed there as a stage musical, and the show was widely embraced by the arts and crafts community from across the globe. He has since scaled new heights as an artisan filmmaker, and his work is on world-display (Devdas, Black, Bajirao Mastaani, to name a few). Now, coming back to Padmaavat…

3. Ranveer Singh has issued a new salvo in his all-new avatar as Allaudin Khilji. He simply owns the part.

4. As predicted, Deepika Padukone is a powerful portrait of poise and performance as Rani Padmini.

5. Shahid Kapoor effectively tailors in as Maharawal Ratan Singh. He breaks new ground with this role.

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6. We can’t stress this enough! In a movie marked by magnanimity and inherent brilliance, there also exist some signs of simplicity and supremacy. Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Hydari shine in sheer golden moments!

7. With that said, let’s not reduce this film only to its director and actors. There are thousands of technicians and tacticians who have incessantly poured their heart and soul into making this magnificent film and further translating it to (3D) celluloid. The entire process conveys elegant filmmaking at its eccentric best.

8. Made on a massive budget, the film has already suffered unwarranted production setbacks and release delays due to ‘dubious’ reasons. Let’s give its still-fledging economy our full-fledged support at the box office.

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9. Let’s not get bogged down by race and religion. Instead, let’s freely facilitate art and expression. Please support an enriching cinematic experience that glorifies our history, honour and valour – whilst also upholding one of the finest filmmakers in our country. Here’s a director who has done us proud on the world map! Else, we definitely don’t deserve such visionaries in our time.

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10. Lastly, and most importantly, no fringe and/or group have the right to hold our country and children at ransom for any given reason – be it pride or pander. Let’s not allow it!

– Varun Kumar | Enterapped