The trailer opens up with a majestic aerial shot of the Maratha Army standing in perfect files. The chants of Har Har Mahadev’, does a job in inducing goosebumps even before a single dialogue is spoken.

From what we see, this movie is based on the Third battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali with the help of a few allies.

The tyrannous villain is played by Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor plays the character of Peshwa Sadashiv Rao who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Maratha army for the Third battle of Panipat.

Beautiful set pieces which are the hallmark of an Ashutosh Gowariker film are seen abundantly in the trailer. The VFX department has done its best to give us a period- drama with an engaging storyline. Kriti Sanon looks regal in those costumes and her acting seems very convincing.

Cinematography by CK Muraleedharan is nothing short of genius as we’re hooked on to the screen appreciating the opulent shots captured by the camera. The costumes are royal and reek of Maratha sensibilities.

We’re forced to compare Sanjay Dutt’s performance to Ranveer Singh’s Khilji as the premise is almost the same. While Alauddin Khilji destroyed the kingdom of Chittor to capture Padmavati, Ahmad Shah Abdali wants to capture Hindostan by defeating the Marathas who, at that time, were ruling over the entire country.

It’s going to be very exciting to watch Dutt’s portrayal as the merciless villain. His height, voice and costumes lend him a supporting hand in playing such an antagonistic character. Arjun Kapoor definitely looks promising but nowhere close to the last Peshwa warrior we saw on screen (Ranveer Singh’s Bajirao).

While it’s easily identified as to who betrays whom, it would be interesting to see if that works well with the audience. The technical department has done an awesome job and we’ve to watch the film to see if the writing department has worked on the same level as their technical counterparts.

Ashutosh Gowariker, period drama. I’m sold. What about you?

Catch Panipat in cinemas near you from 6th December, 2019.

Watch the trailer here-


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