Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati promotions seem to be carefully planned to build steady anticipation. Last week's first look posters of Padmavati, featured Deepika Padukone as a graceful, bejeweled queen. Today, Shahid Kapoor unveiled his look as Maharawal Ratan Singh on his Instagram account.
This is Shahid Kapoor's first collaboration with Bhansali. Apart from Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh shares the lead cast credits for Padmavati.
We do not know how much the film script and screenplay borrows from the epic 1540 poem Padmavat. But it is most likely that Kapoor's Ratan Singh plays husband to Padukone's Rani Padmini. Singh plays Alauddin Khilji, the powerful Delhi ruler who craves for Padmini.
In the light that Padmavati is a work of fiction, the rampant, goon-like protests are even more puzzling. The main objection seems to be that Bhansali has distorted 'facts' in the movie. That is, the movie that the protestors haven't watched as yet.
A fresh wave of protests claims that Bhansali had promised a screening of the film to the Shri Rajput Karni Sena before release. So in a 'polite' manner of demanding a screening, the film's posters were burnt. There is some talk of a no objection certificate. We hope that ultimately, reason and courage have its way.
A special note to all movie lovers. Do not download or view Padmavati or any other movie illegally online. Movies are meant to be experienced on the big screen, on legal streaming services or later in TV channel telecasts. Until movie makers and the film industry realize that movies and songs are best distributed on individual single-user limited pen drives, say no to piracy.