Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, that’s reportedly based on Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat is finally releasing on January 25 after drama that deserves its own film. The film stars Shahid Kapoor as Maharana Ratan Singh of Chittor, Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji the Sultan of Delhi and Deepika Padukone, as Rani Padmavati.
Now as the release date draws near, the filmmakers have dropped two new teasers. The two dialogue promos have different focus points: one with Deepika Padukone, the other with Ranveer Singh. Shahid Kapoor makes an appearance in both the promos too, in case you were wondering.
In the 30 second video for Allauddin Khilji, we are treated to VFX battle scenes, blood-thirsty cries of soldiers, a peek into Khilji’s very Jokereque hand-clapping. Which makes us think there is ‘distortion of historical facts’, but not the kind Karni Sena’s protesting. Why does Khilji, a legit Sultan of Delhi whose conquests ran on for pages in our history book, have thing odd ‘Mad King’ vibe to him? Khilji meets GoT? Mother of dragons!
Shahid makes an appearance too, talking about the valour of Suryavanshis. Seems like a strange way of pacifying the fringe groups, don’t you think? After all, they don’t care what the Rajput king says or does, Bhansali. Haven’t you noticed the spotlight’s only on Deepika, her ghoonghat and her ghoomar?
In the second trailer has an injured Shahid, who’s being ‘saved’ by Padmavati’s nursing skills, a topless Shahid who in turn is saving Padmavati from an unknown assassin and a whole lot of filler shots that tell us that these royals were rich. Alright. Sorry. It also gives us a glimpse into the meet-cute of Ratan Singh and Padmavati. A scene where Deepika definitely comes out looking pretty darn impressive. A total queen.
The newly monikered Padmaavat is however still facing the brunt of protests from fringe groups. Is it too late now to pray for a miraculous amnesia to grip those protesting the film next week? It is? Damn.