Let me get straight to the point: Ranveer Singh's powerful performance as Allauddin Khilji is the only good thing about Padmavati (or Padmaavat). He is the only actor who manages to keep your interest alive in an otherwise routine movie. Ranveer manages to display every savagery, insecurity, vulnerability and vileness. It seems Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a bit biased towards the character of Allauddin Khilji that he gives a proper arc to this character, fleshing out his every moves and motives. The weakest character in this movie, in my opinion, is that of Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapur). He seems like a text book of Rajputi morals, principles and valour. He keeps spouting dialogues about what Rajputs can do and not do and they can do anything to preserve their honour and their principles can never be questioned. And that, I feel, is the biggest undoing of the movie. Because that makes the character so one-dimensional, failing us to be drawn to the character as he lacks proper strategy to counter the moves of a deadly and manipulative enemy. As Ratan Singh, Shahid fails to look the part and looks lost in some scenes. Also, he looks so diminutive to embrace a regal character like Ratan Singh. As Rani Padmavati, Deepika Padukone looks ethereal (as all other Bhansali's heroines) and the camera just loves her. She seems to be more smarter than her husband as she has a sharp eye and senses every danger ahead of time. However, Shahid and Deepika have no chemistry together and that's also one of the biggest undoings of the movie. Special mention must also be made of Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Hydari who give more layered and nuanced performances as Allauddin Khilji's slave and wife respectively. Their performances are also something that you can take back home along with Ranveer Singh's. Nothing about this movie engrossed me. I know SLB is a master of visuals and this time too he lives up to the expectations of creating a magnificent canvas of colors and grand settings. But the story of the movie is nothing new and quite boring at some point. I know that the story of Padmavati is inspired by Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poem "Padmavat," but the least SLB could have done is to give an interesting twist to an otherwise predictable plot and to tweak it to give it a more contemporary touch. The climax seems just like a rehash of Ketan Mehta's Mirch Masala with the women throwing burning coal (instead of spices) at Allauddin Khilji and the length of time that Rani Padmavati takes to commit Jauhar makes you so restless that you just want it to be over. The Jauhar scene should have been cut down by five minutes or so to create a stronger impact. I expected much more from this movie storywise from SLB and he disappointed me a big time! On a side note, I would like to say that all the controversies surrounding the movie is competely absurd and baseless. The claim made by the Rajputs and Karni Senas that this movie defames the fabled Queen Padmavati's legacy is absolutely untrue. The movie glorifies the Rajputs so many times that you just lose count and at some point, it gets on your nerves. I hope SLB grows up and learns that there is much more than visuals to keep audiences hooked to your movie.