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Movie Review: Panipat (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus ‘Panipat’ is based on historical facts, taking some creative liberties along the way. Shadashivrao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor), is an able commander in his cousin Nanasaheb Peshwa’s (Mohnish Bahl) army. After a victorious battle against the Nizam of Udgir, Shadashivrao Bhau is chosen by the Maratha Peshwa to lead their army to Delhi. Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt), the king of Afghanistan, has set his inroads into India after forming an alliance with Najib-Ud-Daula (Mantra) with the intention to defeat the Marathas and curb their expanding power.

Joining Shadashivrao Bhau and his army on this arduous thousand kilometer journey from Pune to Delhi are also his wife, Parvati Bai (Kriti Sanon), his nephew and the Peshwa heir – Vishwasrao (Abhishek Nigam), his cousin, Shamsher Bahadur (Sahil Salathia) and his trusted aide, Ibrahim Khan Gardi (Nawab Khan). As they traverse through the expanse, they form alliances with other kings to form a robust army to counter Ahmad Shah Abdali’s one lakh soldiers. And almost mid-way they come face to face with Ahmad Shah Abdali’s army, with only the raging waters of the Yamuna separating the armies.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “PANIPAT is a magnificently mounted historical war movie with an impressive sweep and passionate salute to the great Maratha pride. “
Glamsham
4.0 “Dexterous storytelling meets visual splendour in Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical drama”
planetbollywood
3.5 “‘Panipat’ delves into a significant chapter in history and is a war drama that lauds the unshakeable bravery, courage and the strong principles of the Marathas.”
TOI
3.5 “Kriti Sanon excels in this hammy period drama.”
Indiatvnews
3.5 “Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt film is an enthralling and spectacular war drama.”
TNN
3.5 “Watch the film for its opulence, it’s well-choreographed fight scenes, as well as a colourful lesson in history.”
Filmfare
3.5 “Despite The Punishing Length, Arjun-Kriti’s Earnestness And Sanjay Dutt’s Screen Presence Justifies Ashutosh Gowariker’s Grand Vision”
desimartini
3.0 “PANIPAT throws light on an important chapter of Indian history with the battle scenes as its USP. “
Bollywoodhungama
3.0 “A History Lesson That’s Still Relevant In Today’s Times!”
filmibeat
3.0 “Lacks magic”
Sify
3.0 “Ashutosh Gowariker Maintains Authenticity & Entertainment Bringing Our History Textbooks To Life”
koimoi
3.0 “Pans Out Like Fun School-History”
mid-day
3.0 “Panipat showcases the Maratha empire in all its glory”
khaleejtimes
Average Reviews
2.5 “Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon film is a brave attempt”
indiatoday
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Panipat has all the meat for a political drama meets war movie. But in Gowariker’s failure to process its complexity”
Rediff
2.0 “Arjun Kapoor’s Film Perks Up A Tad When Sanjay Dutt Surfaces”
NDTV
2.0 “No great shakes”
Indianexpress

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