MUMBAI—Deepika Padukone takes up the most challenging dance form to date with “Ghoomar” from “Padmavati.” Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has left no stone unturned in making this one of the most riveting song sequences he has ever shot, the actress has felt.
Padukone learned the dance form under the tutelage of renowned Ghoomar expert Jyothi D. Tommaar, assistant director of an authentic Ghoomar academy. The song is choreographed by Kruti Mahesh Midya and sung by Shreya Ghoshal, with music by Bhansali.
A traditional dance form of Rajput women, the routine involves twirling in circles, leaving the onlookers enchanted and mesmerized by the beautiful dance performance. An extremely difficult performance art that takes years to learn, Deepika had to pick up the steps within a matter of days. The song was shot keeping it true to the traditional Rajputana folk dance form.
Padukone reportedly did over 66 twirls while shooting for the song. Adding to the difficult dance form that includes twists and twirls, she had to dance in an extravagant costume and adorned in heavy jewelry, which is a feat in itself. This brought back memories of a similarly difficult song done in long shots: Bhansali’s “Nagada” from “Goliyon Ki RasLila-RamLila” in 2013.
Speaking on “Ghoomar,” the actress said in a special media release, “The ‘Ghoomar’ song has been one of the most difficult song sequences that Sanjay-sir and I have shot. His vision can be seen in the grandiose set and the immense hard work we’ve all put into making it. I had started preparing for this film and character for several months before we actually started filming. But it was for this song that I walked on to the set as Padmavati for the very first time. I will never forget that day. I remember approaching my mark for the first shot, and suddenly I felt a chill run through my body. It was almost as if Padmavati‘s soul had entered my body. That feeling still lingers and will continue for years to come.”
Starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's “Padmavati’” is all set for a worldwide release on Dec. 1.