Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is giving us another period film very soon. The story he is taking up this time is of the Rajput queen Padmavati. Before we get into the movie’s details, let’s get our facts clear. Is the tale just folklore or was Padmavati real? It is the most prominent question that is thrown at us. Did Padmavati exist at all? While there are many historians who are still debating her existence, many believe as per the text found in Delhi that Rani Padmavati or Rani Padmini was the second wife of King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor. They lived in the 12th and 13th centuries during the time when the Sultanate of Delhi was ruled by Alauddin Khilji.  

The Legend 
Legend has it that Padmavati was beautiful and her husband was a just ruler and a patron of arts. He had many artists in his court. Among them was a musician named Raghav Chetan. Raghav was not only a musician, but also a secret sorcerer. When the king came to know about his evil talents, he banished the musician from his kingdom. The cunning sorcerer traveled to Delhi and got into the service of Alauddin Khilji. He told him tales of Chittor’s riches and Rani Padmavati’s beauty. Alauddin Khilji became infatuated and swore to get the queen by force. Hence, started the legend of the lustful Delhi king who forced the queen into circumstances that led to her committing Jauhar

Padmavati – The Movie
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an ace movie maker. After Bajirao Mastani, his next period project is Padmavati. The winning jodi of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh has been roped in to play Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji respectively. The role of Rawal Ratan Singh has recently been finalized and Fawad Khan‬ is all set to play the Rajput king. 

Casting The Husband
Even though picking Padmavati and Khilji was not very difficult for Bhansali, finalizing the role of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh has taken time. It is heard that Vicky Kaushal, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Ali Zafar were all approached for the role. However, they cited various reasons and no one was fixed upon. If the grapevine is to be believed, the actors were reluctant to play second fiddle to Ranveer Singh‘s character. 

The Music
Shreyas Puranik, the man who worked with Bhansali on Bajirao Mastani will be composing the tunes of Padmavati as well. The first song for the movie has already been recorded. The singer is Shreya Ghoshal, and she claims it is a landmark song for her career.  

The film is set to go on floors in September and tentative release is planned for December 2017. We are excited just like the fans, and look forward to watching Bhansali’s magic on the silver screen once again.  

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