TRAILER on Padmavati, A Tale Of Lust & War Ending In Tragedy, Released

October 10th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
TRAILER on Padmavati, A Tale Of Lust & War Ending In Tragedy, Released


CONTROVERSIAL Bollywood movie on Padmavati, queen of Chittor, Rajasthan, is ready for hitting screen across the country on December 1 overcoming all odds. Directed by noted film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the shooting was disrupted by the Rajput community under the banner of Karni Sena in Rajasthan and other States alleging historical facts about the famed queen was being distorted in the movie. Padmavati is being shown in bad light. This was also their accusation.Depite delay, the trailer on the eagerly awaited period movie was released on Monday. Starring Bollywood’s seasoned actress Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, the movie will be another magnum opus by Bhansali. The trailer of this grand epic showcases a fierce looking Rajput  warrior Ranveer Singh and his beautiful queen Deepika Padukone and a strong Shahid Kapoor who plays  narcissistic Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi. The invitees and the scribes were surprised as the trailer was unveiled exactly at 13:03 on Monday. After eight-month long siege of Chittor Sultan Alauddin Khilji took over the palace in 1303 but could not trace her dream girl Padmavati who along with many other spirited Rajput women committed suicide. In the historical movie set in the then Rajputana, Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji and Shahid essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh. It is Deepika who plays the titular role of Padmavati, a queen so beautiful — says legend — that you could see betel juice in her throat when she ate paan. The film also stars Raza Murad and Aditi Rai Hydari, another talented actress .The three-minute video opens on a grand canvas showcasing the vast expanse of Chittor’s fort and moves to beautiful, love-filled visuals of Rani Padmavati (Deepika) and Ratan Singh (Shahid). In a particularly remarkable scene, Deepika is seen sewing Shahid’s turban. Ranveer makes a fleeting appearance after a minute into the trailer and he is mostly seen on the battleground. He is perfect as the lustful invader with his flowing tresses and blood-stained face. Deepika and Shahid embody the royal finesse of Chittorgarh. While Shahid talks of a Rajput: “Chinta ko talwar ki nok pe rakhe ! Wo Rajput. Ret ki naav lekar samandar se shart lagae! Wo Rajput. Aur jiska sir kate fir bhi dushman se ladta rahe, Wo Rajput.” Deepika talks of the strength of “Rajputi kangan” being equal to the Rajputi sword.

Padmavati is made on the 14th century ruler Alauddin Khilji, who madly fell in love with the queen and desired to possess her by hook or crook. Choosing honour over a life in Delhi, Padmini and the other women of Chittor killed themselves by leaping into a fire – a practice called jauhar. This is the third time Ranveer and Deepika have worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Goliyon ki Rasleela, Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani. This is the first time that Shahid is working with Bhansali. The valiant Rajput soldiers vowed to sacrifice their lives for their pride and their king. But the small army stood no chance against the well-equipped soldiers outside who were massive in number. After war became inevitable, it became clear soon that the Sultan’s army could not be defeated by the small Rajput army as Alauddin had come well prepared .The women of the palace chose to sacrifice their lives over a life of humiliation and ill-treatment at the hands of the Sultan. A huge pyre was lit and the queen and other ladies dressed up in their best clothes. They sang religious songs and prepared themselves to endure the pain as  Rani Padmini  or Padmavati jumped first and the rest of the women followed her .After watching the trailer, one can hope that Sanjay Leela Bhansali,54 ,film director, producer, screenwriter, and music director will not disappoint his fans. He is one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in India and is the recipient of several awards, including four National Film Awards and ten Filmfare Awards. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, two years ago in recognition of his contribution to the Indian cinema.

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