Panipat (film)

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Panipat
Panipat (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAshutosh Gowariker
Produced bySunita Gowariker
Rohit Shelatkar
Written byAshok Chakradhar
(dialogue)
Screenplay byChandrashekhar Dhavalikar
Ranjeet Bahadur
Aditya Rawal
Ashutosh Gowariker
StarringArjun Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt
Kriti Sanon
Music byAjay−Atul
CinematographyC. K. Muraleedharan
Edited bySteven Bernard
Production
company
Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
Vision World Films
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 6 December 2019 (2019-12-06)
Running time
162 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹100 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹49.29 crore[3]

Panipat is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language epic war film directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar.[4] 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.[5][6] The film was unsuccessful at the box office.[7]

Premise[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

National Award winning art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai recreated the majestic Shaniwar Wada at ND Studios, Karjat.[8] Neeta Lulla has designed the costumes.[9] Padmini Kolhapure joined the cast in October 2018 as Gopika Bai.[10] In June 2019, Zeenat Aman joined the cast to portray Sakina Begum.[11]

Filming[edit]

On 30 November 2018, Gowariker and the cast tweeted a promotional poster to announce the beginning of principal photography.[12] On 30 June 2019, Sanon wrapped up shoot by posting pictures and notes for Gowariker and Kapoor.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

Panipat
Soundtrack album by
Released28 November 2019[14]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length16:48
LabelZee Music Company
ProducerAjay−Atul
Ajay−Atul chronology
Super 30
(2019)
Panipat
(2019)
Tanhaji
(2020)
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

Ajay Atul are composing the music for the film. The songs are written by Javed Akhtar.[15][16]

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Mard Maratha"Ajay−Atul, Sudesh Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala, Swapnil Bandodkar, Padmanabh Gaikwad, Priyanka Barve6:05
2."Mann Mein Shiva"Kunal Ganjawala, Deepanshi Nagar, Padmanabh Gaikwad5:17
3."Sapna Hai Sach Hai"Abhay Jodhpurkar, Shreya Ghoshal5:26
Total length:16:48

Marketing and release[edit]

The first teaser poster was released on 15 March 2018.[17]

On 5 November 2019, the official trailer of the film was launched by Reliance Entertainment.[18]

The film was released on 6 December 2019.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[19] 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".[20] 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".[21]

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".[22] 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".[23] 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".[24]

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".[25] 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".[26] 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".[27]

Portrait of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Afghan Costume

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.[28][29] 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.[28]

The Panipat trailer depicted Ahmed Shah Durrani as ruthless and brutal ruler[30] and Afghans as 'battle-hardened, blood-thirsty savages'.[31] While the film presented Marathas as 'sophisticated and righteous'.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

Box office[edit]

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.[3]

As of 10 January 2020, with a gross of 40.81 crore in India and 8.48 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 49.29 crore.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Panipat makers opt for self-censorship; REMOVE 11 minutes of controversial content". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Panipat box office collection Day 1: Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt film earns Rs 4.12 crore". India Today. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Panipat Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker to make film on the Third Battle of Panipat". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Kriti Sanon: Excited to share work space with Sanjay Dutt". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker's period drama 'Panipat' first poster is out". Connect Gujarat. November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  7. ^ "'Panipat' box office collection day 5: Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt's periodic drama fails to impress the audience". Times of India. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
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  9. ^ "Neeta Lulla to design costumes for Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Panipat'". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Padmini Kolhapure joins Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt in Ashutosh Gowariker's Panipat". Firstpost.
  11. ^ DelhiJune 17, India Today Web Desk New; June 17, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 12:22. "Veteran actress Zeenat Aman joins cast of Ashutosh Gowariker's Panipat. Details here". India Today. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Panipat: Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon starrer goes on floors". Zee News.
  13. ^ "Kriti Sanon wraps up the shoot of Panipat; shares a note thanking Arjun Kapoor and Ashutosh Gowariker | Bollywood News". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Panipat - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.
  15. ^ "Ajay-Atul to create music for 'Panipat'". Deccan Chronicle.
  16. ^ "Javed Akhtar to pen lyrics for Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Panipat'". The Times of India.
  17. ^ "Panipat teaser poster: Ashutosh Gowariker announces next film with Kriti Sanon, Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt". Firstpost.
  18. ^ Reliance Entertainment (5 November 2019). "Panipat - Official Trailer - Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon - Ashutosh Gowariker - Dec 6". Retrieved 5 November 2019 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "Manmadhudu 2 movie review: Nagarjuna, Rakul Preet starrer is a hopelessly bad rom-com". Hindustan Times. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Panipat Movie Review : A Layered, Detailed War Drama". Times of India. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.3.5/5 stars
  21. ^ "Panipat Movie Review: Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon film is a brave attempt". India Today. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.2.5/5 stars
  22. ^ Joshi, Namrata (6 December 2019). "'Panipat' movie review: Sticks to the tried-and-tested format, but falls short of its ambition". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Panipat Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.3/5 stars
  24. ^ "Panipat movie review: Kriti Sanon outshines Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt in epic saga". Zee News. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.3/5 stars
  25. ^ "Panipat Movie Review: Ashutosh Gowariker's Simplistic Approach Fails to Meet Expectations". CNN-News18. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.2.5/5 stars
  26. ^ "Panipat Movie Review: Arjun Kapoor's Film Perks Up A Tad When Sanjay Dutt Surfaces". NDTV. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.2/5 stars
  27. ^ "Panipat movie review: Rewriting historical defeats with patriotic fervour". Deccan Chronicle. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.2.5/5 stars
  28. ^ a b "Panipat: The Bollywood battle over an 18th Century war". BBC. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Bollywood's Panipat irks Afghans over founding father's portrayal". Al Jazeera. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  30. ^ Sangeeta Nair (8 November 2019). "Panipat Movie controversy: Can Ahmad Shah Abdali's portrayal impact Indo-Afghan ties?".
  31. ^ a b "Afghans Unhappy With Movie Panipat Over Vilifying Ahmad Shah Abdali". Eurasian Times. 7 November 2019.
  32. ^ "Vilifying Afghans in Bollywood". The Telegraph India. 6 November 2019.
  33. ^ "New Indian movie on Panipat battle roils Afghans". Pajhwok Afghan News. 6 November 2019. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019.
  34. ^ "The upcoming Bollywood movie 'Panipat' sparks anger among the Pashtun's of Afghanistan". Khaama Press. 6 November 2019.

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