New Delhi: After dealing with more controversy than it had possibly bargained for, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, finally arrived in theatres this week. The film is the sole big-ticket release this Friday, with no Hollywood and only a couple of regional movies competing for attention.

Bhansali, a man well-versed with excess, lays it on thick to the point of being tiresome, says NDTV in its review. This is an all-out assault on the senses, a circuitous take on an old legend that is now being flogged to breaking point. He takes an unbearable length of time to spark the flame. Things go on and on and on, with characters it is impossible to care about. They may appear attractive from time to time, certainly, but these protagonists are inconsistent, infuriating and test the patience. The problem lies not in Padmaavat being a costume drama, but in the fact that there is too much costume, too little drama.

The entire film is a relentlessly opulent, magnificently-mounted paean to Rajput pride and honour, says The Indian Express. Of course, Padmaavat is spectacular: no one can do a spectacle like Bhansali. This was what he was born to do. You can easily delight in it while the going is good. But nearly three hours of it, and looping rhetoric around what constitutes Rajput valour can and does become tiresome. And that compulsion to make “sati" so good-looking, when the singeing of flesh can be so gruesome, is troubling.

In the south, Tamil comedy drama Nimir, directed by Priyadarshan and starring Udhayanidhi Stalin, Namitha Pramod and Parvatii Nair, is a fairly faithful remake that quite serves its purpose except for the times it plays to the gallery, says The Indian Express. There is nothing wrong with Nimir, but the remake doesn’t quite match the innocence and effectiveness of the original. A “slice-of-life" drama, what worked most in Maheshinte Prathikaaram were the minuscule surprises that were thrown our way. We aren’t “told" what happens, we just get to know.

Tamil thriller Bhaagamathie, starring Anushka Shetty and directed by G. Ashok, does have a few spooky elements in the first half but works largely on predictable lines, says The Times of India. The background score and visual effects are noteworthy and Shetty is in her element.

Tamil action comedy Mannar Vagaiyara, directed by Boopathy Pandian and starring Vemal, Anandhi, Prabhu, Chandini Tamilarasan and Karthik Kumar, and Kannada action thriller Churikatte, starring Praveen Raj and Prerana Kambam and directed by Raghu Shivamogga, have not inspired any reviews yet.

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