After battling incidents of vandalism and workers’ union strike, the ‘Padmavati’ team has overcome all adversities to make it in time for the release by the year-end. Sanjay Leela Bhansali kickstarts the promotional spree of his labour of love today, by launching the first look of Deepika Padukone from the film. The filmmaker thought it apt to bring forth his vision of the legendary Rani Padmini as the country prepares for devi sthapana (first day of Navratri).
A unit hand says, “Since ‘Padmavati’ celebrates Indian culture, today served as an apt occasion to launch the first look.” Bhansali has a knack for doing justice to Padukone’s ethereal beauty in his films. Considering Rani Padmini was famed for her beauty, the curiosity around Deepika Padukone’s look in the film has peaked. A source close to the production reveals that she will be seen sporting a minimal makeup look in the film that also stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
The source says, “We did thorough research on Rani Padmini — from the kind of outfits she wore to her makeup. Women back then used natural ingredients to enhance their beauty. Bhansali was certain that he wanted to retain the authenticity. So, Deepika used very little makeup for her role. It would take her 30 minutes to get ready.”
Despite being the queen of Mewar, Padmini’s outfits have been influenced by Sinhalese style. “Since Padmini originally belonged to Sri Lanka, her outfits have a strong Sinhalese touch, although they are regal Rajputani attire.”
Given their success rate at the box-office and their shared affection, it is not surprising that Padukone was the first choice for Bhansali. “He believes that she is his lucky charm. It was an unsaid thing that Deepika and Ranveer will come on board for this film.”
Bhansali says, “I’m happy to bring the story of ‘Padmavati’ to the screen. It was a fitting date for us to launch the first look of the film and celebrate this auspicious occasion.”