Kriti Sanon makes further strides as a performer with her portrayal of Parvati Bai in Panipat


In her fourth release this year, Kriti Sanon has left an indelible impression with her performance

Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus ‘Panipat’, based on the Third Battle of Panipat, released in theatres last week. The film, featuring Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt, Mohnish Behl, Padmini Kolhapure, among others, in principal roles, is Gowariker’s fifth historical after ‘Lagaan’ (2001), ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’. While the film has attracted a wide range of reactions from different sections of the audience, the one thing which has received appreciation across the board is the leading lady’s performance.

In the film, Kriti is seen playing Parvati Bai, Sadashiv Rao Bhau’s wife (Arjun Kapoor) who stands by him like a strong pillar of support. Those who have read books on the Third Battle of Panipat would know that there is very little information about Parvati Bai in documented history. In that respect, Ashutosh and his team of writers have done a commendable job in fleshing out the character well. Parvati Bai comes across as a strong-headed, intelligent and learned woman. She is a physician and is actively involved in the plans made during the battle. It is a very well etched-out character and Kriti has done complete justice to it. Her performance holds your attention till the very last scene (watch out for this scene!) and stays with you long after the end credits have stopped rolling.

‘Panipat’ is Kriti’s fourth film this year after ‘Luka Chuppi’, ‘Arjun Patiala’ and ‘Housefull 4’. The characters she played in each of these films have been vastly different from each other and that she has truly evolved into a versatile performer. Next year, she has ‘Mimi’, a film about surrogacy in which she plays the central character. Post that, she will be seen as Akshay Kumar’s leading lady in ‘Bachchan Pandey’. If one closely observe the pattern here, she is somebody who likes to mix-and-match her films. On one hand, there are films that are slightly offbeat and concept-driven and on the other hand, there are films which are as commercial as they get. This plan seems to have paid off well for her and one keenly looks forward to see how she experiments with her roles and films in the near future.

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