The trailer for Bajirao Mastani Vs Padmaavat Panipat is here.
In the latest Bollywood period epic offering, Ashutosh Gowariker takes another swing at expanse and scale after his previous period films Mohenjo Daro and Jodha Akbar, this time with Arjun Kapoor in the lead.
Almost every frame, costume and moment from the 3-minute plus trailer feels like a rehash of visuals from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s two previous films, Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani. Halfway through, we are introduced to the haunting ruthless villain – Sanjay Dutt as an evil Muslim barbarian ruler – who also seems to have access to Ranveer’s Khilji wardrobe from Padmaavat. In short, they made a movie pitting Bajirao against Khilji.
The film is set in 1761, when the Maratha Empire was at its peak lead by its Commander-in-Cheif Sadashiv Rao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor), until they came face to face with the invading forces of Aghani king Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt) leading to an epic clash at the Third Battle of Panipat.
What Panipat does seem to offer which SLB’s films famously don’t is large action and war sequences which may be where this could stand out. Only time will tell. The film from Reliance Entertainment releases on December 6th.
You can watch the trailer below: