As the title suggests, the story revolves around the third war of Panipat. Sadashivrao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor), after capturing Udgir fort, gets transferred to handle the finance of the Maratha empire. In love with Parvati (Kriti Sanon), Sadashivrao Bhau marries her before going to fight the uncalled for battle.
On the other hand, the Mughal sultanate invites Ahmad Shah Abdali to India and asks him to weaken the Maratha empire. Ahmad decides to attack Sadashivrao Bhau and gang, that’s when the film advances its gears. The rest of the story depicts the battle and how a lot was lost in order to defend the integrity of the country.
It’s been years Ashutosh Gowariker has been a master of this genre. He knows which nerves go hit and he does it so well. He definitely takes time to gift the viewers with the watching experience and builds the story putting in minute details.
Ashutosh takes a leaf from period dramas done worldwide and escalates a lot of things compared to Mohenjo Daro. He not only maintains the fact that he has to tell a story but also never forgets about what kind of audience he’s catering too. He makes it lengthy and that might not go well with some.
Ajay-Atul’s background score is out-of-the-world! The magical duo just orchestrates the sound as per the scene doubling the temptation to watch what’s happening on screen. Out of songs, Mann Mein Shiva is set and choreographed well.
Cinematographer C. K. Muraleedharan, the man behind movies like Lage Raho Munnabhai, PK, Johnny Gaddar & more, displays his ability to go all out and capture the aura of the period a particular film is set in. Steven Bernard’s editing could’ve been tighter but we all know, what Ashu wants, Ashu wants.
Arjun Kapoor tries really hard to portray the role of Sadashivrao Bhau and attains that achievement. The efforts are clearly visible through his act. Kriti Sanon emerges as the performer of the film & she looks beautiful to captivate your attention. Sanjay Dutt could’ve been better, lazes out despite an adrenaline-pumping setting.
Overall, Panipat is more than a feature-film presentation of one of your history chapters. It shows the dedication of an empire & how this country has got some brave-hearts to credit.