Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ashutosh Gowariker|
|Produced by||Sunita Gowariker|
|Written by||Ashok Chakradhar|
|Screenplay by||Chandrashekhar Dhavalikar|
|Cinematography||C. K. Muraleedharan|
|Edited by||Steven Bernard|
Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
Vision World Films
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||est. ₹49.29 crore|
Panipat is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language epic war film directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Starring Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles, it depicts the events that took place during the Third Battle of Panipat. The film was theatrically released in India on 6 December 2019. The film was unsuccessful at the box office.
In the 18th century, the Maratha empire reached its territorial peak. However, their happiness is short lived as the Afghan King Ahmad Shah Abdali plans to take over India and the Maratha Peshwa Nanasaheb orders Sadashiv Rao Bhau to stop him at any cost, thus leading to the Third Battle of Panipat between the two armies.
- Arjun Kapoor as Sadashiv Rao Bhau
- Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali
- Kriti Sanon as Parvati Bai
- Mohnish Bahl as Nana Saheb Peshwa
- Padmini Kolhapure as Gopika Bai
- Zeenat Aman as Sakina Begum
- Sahil Salathia as Shamsher Bahadur
- Kunal Kapoor as Shuja-ud-Daula
- Mir Sarwar as Imad-ul-Mulk
- Milind Gunaji as Dattaji Shinde
- Abhishek Nigam as Vishwas Rao
- Ravindra Mahajani as Malhar Rao Holkar
- Gashmeer Mahajani as Jankoji Shinde
- Nawab Shah as Ibrahim Khan Gardi
- Mantra as Najib-Ud-Daula
- Suhasini Mulay as Radhabai
- S.M Zaheer as Mughal Emperor Alamgir
- Arun Bali as Ala Singh
- Karmveer Choudhary as King Suraj Mal
- Paresh Shukla as Govind Pant Bundela
- Pradeep Patvardhan as Lingoji Narayan
- Krutika Deo as Radhikabai
- Vinita Mahesh as Mehrambai
- Archana Nipankar as Anandibai
- Shailesh Datar as Pant
- Dyanesh Wadkar as Balaji Mehendale
- Shyam Mashalkar as Bhanu
National Award winning art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai recreated the majestic Shaniwar Wada at ND Studios, Karjat. Neeta Lulla has designed the costumes. Padmini Kolhapure joined the cast in October 2018 as Gopika Bai. In June 2019, Zeenat Aman joined the cast to portray Sakina Begum.
On 30 November 2018, Gowariker and the cast tweeted a promotional poster to announce the beginning of principal photography. On 30 June 2019, Sanon wrapped up shoot by posting pictures and notes for Gowariker and Kapoor.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 November 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|1.||"Mard Maratha"||Ajay−Atul, Sudesh Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala, Swapnil Bandodkar, Padmanabh Gaikwad, Priyanka Barve||6:05|
|2.||"Mann Mein Shiva"||Kunal Ganjawala, Deepanshi Nagar, Padmanabh Gaikwad||5:17|
|3.||"Sapna Hai Sach Hai"||Abhay Jodhpurkar, Shreya Ghoshal||5:26|
Marketing and release
The first teaser poster was released on 15 March 2018.
The film was released on 6 December 2019.
Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times wrote "Panipat is an honest attempt at recreating the war that we only read in history books until now. It’s a tribute to the Maratha community in its truest form and even it was shorter by an hour, it could have had the same impact". The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating "‘Panipat’ delves into a significant chapter in history and is a war drama that lauds the unshakable bravery, courage and the strong principles of the Maratha's". India Today gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Ashutosh Gowariker may not be able to do grandeur like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, but he can do war. Yet, a lacklustre cinematography and terrible CGI mars this solid attempt. It would have worked 10 years ago".
Namrata Joshi of The Hindu wrote "Gowariker may have taken liberties with history, but doesn’t play around with the form. He sticks to the tried and tested, the long and langourous and old-fashioned". Bollywood Hungama gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "PANIPAT throws light on an important chapter of Indian history with the battle scenes as its USP". Zee News gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "The film is a great effort by Gowariker and deserves to be watched for some impeccable performances and adrenaline-pumping action".
CNN-News18 gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Panipat, a film about Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau who staves off Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali, disappoints only because of a linear screenplay that fails to rouse dramatic emotions so important to historicals". NDTV gave 2 out of 5 stars stating "The burden on Arjun Kapoor is too heavy for him though he rises manfully to the challenge. Panipat definitely isn't Mohenjo Daro. But is that saying much? It will take three hours of your life and a whole lot of patience to sit through this laboured film". Deccan Chronicle gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Directors like Gowariker do no service to the nation or their audience by twisting the truth, ignoring military, diplomatic, common sense follies and rewriting history with jingoistic fervour".
BBC News and Al Jazeera reported that film received criticism from different parts of the world, especially from Afghanistan since Ahmad Shah Abdali is the national hero and founder of modern day Afghanistan. Afghan viewers pointed that the film's portrayal of Abdali was that of an Arab, rather than an Afghan. Critics links the rising number of Bollywood films with negative Muslim characters such as the portrayal of Alauddin Khilji as a cruel and vicious ruler in the film Padmaavat, as an attempt by the industry executives to align with India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu nationalist party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Panipat trailer depicted Ahmed Shah Durrani as ruthless and brutal ruler and Afghans as 'battle-hardened, blood-thirsty savages'. While the film presented Marathas as 'sophisticated and righteous'. Consul General of Afghanistan in Mumbai, Naseem Sharifi, said that 'Afghans would not tolerate any insult to Ahmad Shah Durrani'. Afghan journalists stated that the film will create more Islamophobia and racism towards Afghans. The Telegraph India reported that films like Padmaavat (2018), Kesari (2019) and Panipat have stereotyped and vilified Afghans as brutal, cold-blooded and treacherous. Afghanistan's Ambassador to India, Tahir Qadiri, claimed that he was in contact with Indian officials and have shared the Afghan concerns with them. Ajmal Alamzai, cultural attache at the Afghan embassy in New Delhi, claimed that he had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the director of the film. Pajhwok Afghan News reported that the Panipat film trailer depicted the Maratha Empire as victorious in the Third Battle of Panipat despite the fact that it was Ahmad Shah Durrani, who had won the battle. Khaama Press, another Afghan newspaper, reported that some Afghan social media users have welcomed the film as reality while others criticised it and claimed that parts of history has been forged in favour of specific groups.
Panipat's opening day domestic collection was ₹4.12 crore. On the second day, the film collected ₹5.78 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹7.78 crore, taking the total opening weekend collection to ₹17.68 crore.
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