Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited period drama Padmavati has got everyone aboard the hype train. After piquing our curiousity with the first looks of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the makers have finally released the trailer, and it looks spectacular.
Like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s previous films, Padmavati is a visual delight. Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor embody royalty and Rajput pride. Deepika gives us goosebumps when she declares, “Rajputi kangan mein utni hi taqat hai, jitni Rajputi talwar mein.”
But the show-stealer is Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, whose menacing eyes convince you that he is the face of barbarism.
The trailer hit the internet at 13:03, and if you were wondering about why such an oddly specific time has been chosen, the answer lies in history. It was in 1303 that Alauddin Khilji captured the Chittor fort. Padmavati revolves around the invader attacking Chittor because of his wish to capture the beautiful Rani Padmini for himself.
Padmavati ran into trouble with fringe groups after reports that there would be a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji in the film. Earlier this year, the Karni Sena vandalised the sets of the film in Jaipur and assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali allegedly distorting history.
The trailer release date was October 9th on YouTube and already has 44 million views. This huge number in just a weeks time is mainly due to the controversy the movie has created.
It is now clear that people are eagerly waiting for the movie release.
The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh-starrer is slated to release on December 1.