- The film ‘Panipat’ had hit the screens on 6th December. It is based on the third battle of Panipat
- The film stars Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor in the leads and has been helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
- Kriti Sanon
- Arjun Kapoor
- Sanjay Dutt
- Mohnish Behl
- Padmini Kolhapure
- Siddharth Slathia
- Kunal Kapoor
Back in 90s, Sanjay Khan directorial The Great Maratha had shed the light on the lives of Maratha warriors. For most of the people, it was the first depiction of battle that could not be won with arrows flying in the air and emitting electricity, as it was seen in BR Chopra’s Mahabharata and Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana.
Nearly two decades later, Gowariker’s directorial venture Panipat tugs on those nostalgic strings. The movie has each and every element that reminds us of the movie made on the past on these warriors. But Gowariker’s portrayal has striking resemblance with that of those films as it lacks luster and grandeur that the historicals made in this era possess. It is nowhere close to Padmavat and Bajirao Mastani in terms of grandeur and portrayal of characters.
Arjun’s character reminds us of Peshwa Bajirao and Kriti Sanon’s character reminds us of Kashibai. Sanon has still managed to make her presence felt but Kapoor fails to do justice to his role.
The man who is saving grace of the film is Sanjay Dutt, his portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali sends chills down the spine. His done full justice to the villainous character of the Afghan invader.
The CGI of the film is underwhelming. The entire setup for the film is nowhere close to that of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s setup.
Talking about the music of the film, the song Mard Maratha is on its verge of becoming a hit while other songs have got lukewarm response from the audience.
Overall the film is an average film that can be watched once. The film unlike, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat and other directorial ventures of Gowariker will not be etched in people’s minds. But if you are hardcore fun of Sanjay Dutt, do watch it because the man slays with his perfromance in the film.