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'Panipat' review: The final battle is so well shot that it induces goosebumps

It’s a layered narrative, one that even manages to find scope for romance.

ET Bureau|
Dec 09, 2019, 09.36 AM IST
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While Arjun Kapoor puts in a credible performance, Kriti Sanon is also given a well-etched character and makes the most of it.
While Arjun Kapoor puts in a credible performance, Kriti Sanon is also given a well-etched character and makes the most of it.
Genre: History
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Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Cast: Sanjay Dutt,Kriti Sanon,Arjun Kapoor,Mohnish Bahl,Abhishek Nigam
The third Battle of Panipat, fought between the Maratha army and the Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali, has been recreated in Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming history saga, 'Panipat'. And though it’s rooted in fact, Gowariker does take creative liberties, as he tries to weave together not just the battle, but also the politics of the era and the alliances forged, and the war strategies used therein. It’s a layered narrative, one that even manages to find scope for romance. However, the flip side to this is the nearly three-hour runtime, making it, at times, tedious.

The film focusses on Shadashivrao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor), the commander of his cousin Nanasaheb Peshwa’s (Mohnish Bahl) army. Having tasted victory over the Nizam of Udgir, Shadashivrao is chosen to lead the army to Delhi, where Abdali (Sanjay Dutt) lies in wait. Accompanying him are wife Parvati Bai (Kriti Sanon), nephew Vishwasrao (Abhishek Nigam) and several other kings with whom the Marathas have forged alliances to take on the robust Abdali army.

While Arjun Kapoor puts in a credible performance, Kriti Sanon is also given a well-etched character and makes the most of it. Sanjay Dutt provides the chills as the villain. The supporting cast also do their jobs well. The film’s makers have spared no expense and it shows. From the costumes to the choreography to the sets and production design, everything is spectacular and looks the part. The final battle, set in the year 1761, is so well shot that it induces goosebumps.


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