Padmaavat – A Sanjay Leela Bhansali Movie of Honor, Valor and Obsession



Padmaavat is a 2018 Indian film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka feature in supporting roles. The story of this movie is based on an epic poem Padmavat (1540) by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The film tells about the story of Padmavati, a Rajput queen who committed jauhar (self-immolation) to protect herself from Alauddin Khalji, ruler of the Khalji dynasty that ruled the Delhi Sultanate in the Indian subcontinent. The movie is set in the 13th century India where Padmavati was one of the most honored and loved queen of the Kingdom Chittor.

Padmavati was an exceptionally beautiful princess of the Singhal kingdom (Sri Lanka). Ratan Sen, the Rajput ruler of Chittor Fort, travels to Singala to acquire rare pearls for his first wife Nagmati. The Singala princess Padmavati unknowingly wounds Ratan Singh while hunting a deer. The two fall in love and are married.

Alauddin Khalji, the Sultan of Delhi, also heard about her beauty, and laid siege to Chittor to obtain her. Many events occurred during the period of the siege, till the fort was finally taken. Ratan Sen was killed in a duel with Alauddin. Before Alauddin Khalji could capture Chittor, Padmavati and her companions committed Jauhar (self-immolation) to protect their honour.

Padmaavat look

Costume for the Rani Padmavati was designed by Delhi-based Rimple and Harpreet Narula using traditional Gota embroidery work of Rajasthan. Padukone’s look for the “Ghoomar” song features intricate jewellery weighing up to 3 kg designed by Tanishq featuring a triple Borla, Mathapatti and Bajuband which are traditional ornaments worn by the Rajasthani women.

Vipul Amar and Harsheen Arora of Delhi-based design house ‘The V Renaissance’ designed costumes for Rawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji, employing historical techniques to create the armour such as cuirboilli, sculpting, chiselling, and inlaying. The armour took a team of forty workers eight months to prepare.

Padmaavat song

There  are totally 6 sound tracks composed for this film that includes “Ghoomar” sang by Shreya Ghoshal and Swaroop Khan, “Ek Dil Ek Jaan” by Shivam Pathak, “Khalibali” by Shivam Pathak and Shail Hada, “Nainowale Ne” by Neeti Mohan, “Holi (Manganiyars & Langa’s folk song)” by         Richa Sharma and Shail Hada and “Binte Dil” by Arijit Singh.

Padmaavat is one of the most expensive Indian films ever made with a production budget of 190 crore (US$30 million). Initially the film was planned to release on 1 December 2017 but delayed due to numerous controversies and threats. In December, the Central Board of Film Certification approved the film with five modifications, which includes the addition of multiple disclaimers and a change in title from Padmavati to Padmaavat. Padmaavat was re-scheduled for release on 25 January 2018 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats, making it the first Indian film to be released in IMAX.

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