Holi – Richa/Shail – Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Padmaavat (2018)


Movie: This song was featured in 2018 Bhansali Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ super hit historical fiction Padmaavat directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sudhanshu Vats and Ajit Andhare. The movies starred Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapur, Ranveer Singh, Raza Murad, Aditi Rao Hyadri, Anupriya Goenka, Aayam Mehta, etc.

Circa: 13th century. Place: Afghanistan. Jallaluddin Khilji (Raza Murad) wants to overturn the throne of Delhi. Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) is his nephew and captures a whole ostrich when Jalaluddin had requested only a feather for his daughter Mehrunnisa (Aditi Rao Hyadri). For doing this favor, he asks Mehrunnisa’s hand in marriage. On the night of their wedding, he is sexually engaged with another woman and kills the courtier, who witnesses the act. When Mehrunnisa is informed of the incident, she is horrified. Jallaluddin is successful in overthrowing the Delhi rule and sends Alauddin to deter a Mongol attack, in which the younger man is successful. Alauddin turns out to be an ambitious and ruthless plunderer and womanizer. He kills the Sultan and usurps the Delhi throne.

On the other hand, in Sinhala (Sri Lanka of today) Princess Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) mistakes the Rajput King Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapur) for a deer while hunting in the forest and wounds him accidentally. She takes him to the nearest Buddha Vihar and treats him until recovery. Maharawal has traveled all the way to Sinhala to get some rare pearls for his first wife Nagmati (Anupriya Goenka). Maharawal and Padmavati fall in love and get married. The newlyweds travel to Chittor in Mewar and are blessed by the royal priest Raghav Chetan (Aayam Mehta). Most of the people in the palace and the kingdom accept Padmavati as the queen.

Soon, Raghav Chetan is caught watching the king and the queen during an intimate moment and is banished from the kingdom. He goes straight to Allauddin and tells him about Padmavati’s beauty. Alauddin gets mesmerized at the mere description. The Sultan sends an offer to Maharawal to become a vassal king to him. But, the self-respecting Rajput declines the offer. Despite the dissuasion of Mehrunnisa, Alauddin declares war against Chittor. Maharawal is prepared for the attack and defends the city with a lot of enthusiasm. He first informs all the citizens living around the fort to come and stay inside it for protection and to avoid hostages. He also makes other arrangements. They celebrate Diwali despite the knife of uncertainty hanging over their heads.

Soon, the other Rajputs refuse to assist Chittor in fighting the invader. Thus, Maharawal decides that Chittor would defend themselves on their own. At night, he and his soldiers burn the tents of the opposite camp. There is unrest among Allauddin’s soldiers. He takes his time to speak to them but eventually convinces them to continue fighting. The festival of Holi arrives and Maharawal becomes a little carefree since it will be a beginning of the summer season and the invaders would not be able to survive through it, according to him. Despite the warning of his deputy Gora Singh (Ujjwal Chopra), Maharawal goes to his young queen to celebrate Holi, in a casual manner. This song is heard in the background at this time.

Song: Sanjay Leela Bhansali composed the music for this traditional song.

This song depicts the way the girl celebrates Holi with her beloved.

Video: Cinematography is by Sudeep Chatterjee.

The video opens with Deepika Padukone entering a large verandah with a plate filled with Holi colors. The music begins and the chorus singers also start the song. The room has lovely décor and it suits the fact that it is in the palace of the Rajputs. Shahid Kapur is seen coming there. Deepika Padukone takes his proffered hand and makes him sit on the large ornate swing.

Deepika Padukone applies orange color on the forehead of Shahid Kapur. A distinct female voice is heard singing the song. As he moves back and forth on the swing, Deepika Padukone applies the color on his cheek. She throws some color on his face and stoops down to apply some on his feet.

Shahid Kapur gets up and takes Deepika Padukone inside their private quarters. He, then, applies some color from her plate on top of her head and neck. When the actor tries to apply color to her feet, she stops him. He also throws some flowers on her. She places her head on his shoulder. The song peters out and the video also ends as they get intimate on the floor of their room.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Richa Sharma and Shail Hada and the onscreen performances are by Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapur.

Cultural Influence: This is 100% Manganiyars and Langa’s Folk song depicting the Holi festival. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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