Panipat Review | Arjun Kapoor | Kriti Sanon | Sanjay Dutt | SHOWSHA

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Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

every few years it takes an Asha toshka rocker film to appreciate the concept and the existence of the interval in Hindi cinema garage track record with the success of his films has been uneven but what’s been consistent is his inability to pare them down to a reasonable length his latest panty pyth could well be among his shortest at a bladder bursting 2 hours and 53

minutes this film focuses on the Third Battle of Panipat waged between the Marathas and the Afghans in which thousands of soldiers are believed to have died it is significant also because it’s one of those films about a war in which we’re on the side of the vanquished now few Hindi filmmakers are as fascinated with

Panipat Review
Panipat Review

the past as gorica and his passion for the subject at hand is ever so visible but Panipat is also a lumbering epic the script is dense packed with too much information too much research and too many details every alliance every betrayal every strategy is dutifully and painstakingly documented with an emphasis on pain

Arjun Kapoor stars as sadashivrao bhau who leads the Marathas into battle against the marauding of guns who in turn are led by ahmad shah abdali played by sanjay dutt it is the story of great valor and courage of strategy and ultimately of sacrifice the film’s agenda is clear to celebrate the spirit of

the great Marathas and there are plenty rousing speeches to highlight that but despite the unmistakable hyper nationalistic tonality pani birth doesn’t have the slickness of a film like 300 or the kinetic energy of hurry the surgical strike in fact it has all the excitement of a history lesson from your school textbook scripted from a combination of research and imagination the film takes many creative liberties one of which deserves special mention there’s very little in history about Parvati by sadashivrao wife played in the film by kriti Sanon Gorica and his co writers take the decision to flesh

her out as a woman with agency so Parvathi by accompanies her husband and the troops on the road she offers to initiate talks with a reluctant ruler who support the Marathas need she is her husband’s bouncing board and a true ally kriti realizes the character nicely even for styling appears a bit modern for those times the men are let down by the stilted writing you don’t get a sense of what’s going on in their heads or their hearts beyond the obvious so they never feel like fully fleshed out characters

Panipat Review

Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt fill out their costumes and deliver their lines but we’re never able to pierce beyond the armor to get a glimpse of the vulnerability of these stony-faced men going into battle there is no doubt over the commitment and the effort that’s gone into crafting this film everywhere you look there are handsome sets elaborate costumes busy CGI battle scenes and immaculate detail the problem is they’re all in service of a plodding script that seldom rises above its own shortcomings the film’s first half feels especially dry but it gathers momentum post interval

the war scenes are impressive but never spectacular pani birth ultimately is over long and unwieldy it may have its heart in the right place but it’s other organs are all over the place gore occurr who kept us engaged and invested through three hours and 40 minutes of logon or even through the genteel romance of jodha akbar can’t seem to recreate the magic of his finest films i’m going with a generous two out of five for pani but you come out feeling like you’ve survived war just about

Rating 3/5

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