Judging from its trailer, the latest Sanjay Leela Bhansali film promises to be a visual treat. But then again, don't they all?
Another testament to the filmmaker's attention to detail: The Padmavati trailer was unveiled exactly at 13:03 pm today. For those of you who don't know, 1303 AD was when the eight-month long siege of Chittor by Sultan Alauddin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh) took place.
The period drama revolves around the Rajput ruler of Mewar, Rawal Ratan (Shahid Kapoor) and his wife, Rani Padmavati (Deepika) and how the obsessive and blood-thirsty Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, Khilji wreaks havoc in their lives when he becomes smitten with the Rani.
With minimal dialogues, all three leads look ethereal in the three-minute trailer. While Shahid and Deepika look every bit the royal couple they're meant to portray, Singh takes the cake as the violent ruler, giving off major Khal Drogo vibes in certain frames. Interestingly enough, he doesn't even have one line in the teaser.
Padmavati is based on folklore so we already know the movie doesn't have a happy ending. Choosing honour, Padmini and the other women of Chittor killed themselves by leaping into a fire – a practice called jauhar when they realised the war against Khilji could not be won.
The movie is slated for release on 1 December.