The trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati, as expected, is high on style and spectacle. What is new is the trailer steers clear of any intimate scenes between Deepika Padukone’s titular character of Rani Padmini and Ranveer Singh’s character Alauddin Khilji.
The romance between both these actors’ characters is what made Bhansali’s past two films – the 2013 romantic drama Goliyon Ki RasleelaRam-Leela and the 2015 period romance Bajirao Mastani – grab eyeballs. But what this trailer offers is the regal romance between Padukone’s character and her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh, played by Shahid Kapoor.
In one of the highlights of the trailer, Padukone’s character is seen helping Kapoor’s character wear his pagdi (turban). This moment not only puts their relationship into the spotlight but also holds deep symbolic significance. As a large chunk of the trailer features a monologue from Kapoor’s character on the spirit of being a Rajput, Padukone’s character is seen symbolically helping her husband uphold the pride of the Rajput clan.
Ranveer is at his intense best as Alauddin Khilji as shots demonstrating his dark streak are peppered all over the trailer, out of which one in which he is seen hogging on meat stands out.
The long-awaited trailer of the film was launched on Monday precisely at 13.03 pm. The makers zeroed in on this exact time on Monday because the battle between Maharawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji had taken place in the year of 1303. Thus, the time gains a historic relevance since the battle is a pivotal plot point of the film’s narrative.
Padmavati also stars Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Hydari. It is co-produced by Viacom 18 Pictures and Bhansali Productions. It is slated to release on 1 December.