MUMBAI — Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has had its posters released on the occasion of Navratri Sept. 21. The first look of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati is out, and Padukone, in her first Hindi release since “Bajirao Mastani,” again a Bhansali film, looks aptly royal, no-nonsense fierce yet ethereally beautiful.
Though it was rumored that this magnum opus film would get pushed to 2018 due to a delay in post-production work, and all the problems it faced en route, like rebuilding sets that were damaged due to acts of men (protests) and God (fire), the release date has merely been pushed now from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.
On Sep. 21, day one of Navaratri, Padukone unveiled two posters of the film and wrote in Hindi, “Devi Staphana Ke Shubh-Avsar Pe Miliye Rani Padmavati Se (On this auspicious when Devi Maa arrives, meet Rani Padmavati.” On the other she wrote, “‘Padmavati.’”
Shahid Kapoor, who plays her husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, wrote (translated into English): “The Queen of Chittor, the symbol of valor and beauty.” while Ranveer Singh, who plays Alauddin Khilji, called her “Mallika-e-Chittor” (Queen of Chittor) in his Hindi tweet. All the three tagged each other and the film.
Like with all his directorial ventures after “Guzaarish” (2010), “Padmavati” also has music by Bhansali himself.