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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

The first trailer of Padmavati offers hope of a big finish for Bollywood this year

In true Bhansali fashion, the sets are grand, the cinematography beautiful, and no expense seems to have been spared on costumes. The first trailer of Padmavati offers hope of a big finish for Bollywood this year

Deepika Padukone in Padmavat.
Deepika Padukone in Padmavat.

The trailer for the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer Padmavati released at 13:03pm India time today. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the time was chosen specifically, as 1303 was the year in which Allauddin Khilji (played in the film by Singh), took over the Chittor Fort.

The teaser posters first came out last week, and Singh’s villainous look and Padukone’s unibrow had everyone talking.

Kapoor looks regal as Maharawal Ratan Singh, alongside Padukone in the titular role, but the real star seems to be Singh, who looks truly menacing in his role as the ruthless ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. In true Bhansali fashion, the sets are grand, the cinematography beautiful, and no expense seems to have been spared on costumes.

Inspired by true events, the story is about one of the most powerful rulers in India at the time, Allauddin Khilji, who was so enamoured by the beauty of Rani Padmavati of Chittor, that he attacked the kingdom to capture her. The queen, to save her honour, commited jauhaur, an act of self-immolation, to protect her honour.

The film, which faced trouble while filming, will be out in theatres on December 1.