Cast- Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt, Mohnish Bahl, Padmini Kolhapure, Mantra Mugdh
Director- Ashutosh Gowariker
We all know something about Panipat that there were 3 battles and the 3rd battle had Marathas involved in it. Knowing less about it makes us curious to know more about it. That Detailing is very interesting, we are all keen to know it and Director Ashutosh Gowariker took the challenge. He brought us the 3rd battle of Panipat in Grand Scale and with exciting cast.
In the 18th century, the Marathas emerge as the most powerful empire in the whole India. However, their happiness is short lived as the Afghan King Ahmad Shah Abdali plans to take over India and the Maratha Peshwa Nanasaheb allows Sadashiv Rao Bhau to stop him at any cost, thus leading to the Third Battle of Panipat between the two armies. How Sadashivrao gathers all the empires of India together against Abdali, what struggle he goes through, how he fought the battle despite betrayal this is all you get to see in the film.
Arjun Kapoor plays the central role of Sadashivrao convincingly. Kriti Sanon as his life parter Parvati Bai looks traditional beauty and this is something totally different from her from previous roles. The villain in the form of Abdali is played by Sanjay Dutt and he is excellent throughout the film. His anger, evilness, outburst everything looks perfect on screen. Surprise package is Mantra Mugdh who portrayed Najib-Ud-Daula by getting every nuances right. Supporting cast includes talented names like Mohnish Bahl, Padmini Kolhapure, Gashmeer Mahajani, Ravindra Mahajani, Kunaal Kapoor, Abhishek Nigam, Sahil Salathia and many more.
Coming to the best part of the film, it’s Execution. Those grand sets, high scale presentation, war scenes, action sequences and VFX all are eye pleasing. Screenplay is long but the thing is Panipat is a big story and needs that much time to set the momentum. Dialogues are powerful and will force you to clap and whistle at many occassions. Ajay Atul tried and succeeded to give a music which matches the theme and the tones of that era. “Mard Maratha” is a great Audio+Video experience when you watch it on big screen.
Cinespeaks Verdict– Ashutosh Gowariker makes a strong comeback to his own most loved historic genre. This is certainly his Biggest On screen grandeur till date. Stories like Panipat needs to be told and if yes then presentation has to grand like this because such scripts can’t be made oftenly. Without any doubt Panipat is the Biggest On Screen Spectacle of the Year in Bollywood and moviegoers should not miss this epic battle of Maratha Glory.
By :- Sameer Ahire.