Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been creating a buzz in B-Town ever since its announcement.
The shoot of the movie has already begun. Deepika will be seen essaying the role of the legendary Mewar Queen Padmavati, while Shahid Kapoor will be playing Rajput King, Raja Ratan Singh (Padmavati’s husband). Bhansali’s favourite Ranveer Singh will be playing the role of the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who falls head over heels in love with Padmavati, enchanted by her beauty.
There has been speculation that Deepika is being paid more than Ranveer for this particular movie and a source very close to the film has confirmed this for Bayside Journal. “Deepika is charging approximately 15 crores, while both Ranveer and Shahid are charging around 10 crores,” said the source.
Bhansali is already known to make larger-than-life films, and this film is no different. In fact, the budget of this movie is said to be mammoth. “The production and gigantic sets’ cost will be almost 110-130 crores. Additionally, the marketing and promotional expenses as well as the actors’ fees will bump up this amount to 160-180 crores.” This movie is pegged to be his biggest production till date.
Bhansali is known for keeping his film sets private and this time he has increased the security on the sets tremendously. The director is trying his level best to keep the looks of his lead actors under wraps.
“Sanjay is taking drastic steps because he will be presenting the cast in a manner like never before. In fact, moveable tents are being used to transport the crew from vanity vans to the sets. Sanjay often doesn’t allow the crew and cast to carry mobile devices on sets. He is very strict about such things. The costumes are being guarded as well; that’s how protective he is being” said the source.
The story of the film will revolve around different provinces such as Delhi Sultanate (Khilji dynasty), Chittor and the Sinhala Kingdom. Designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula are working on the costumes of this period drama. “Deepika will don royal and regal Indian couture. Her attire will also have an influence of ancient Sri Lankan culture. A lot of research went into finalising Ranveer’s look; there was a lot of reading required. The crew even spoke to historians to understand what the royals from the Khilji dynasty wore at that time,” revealed the source.
There are various rumours doing the rounds regarding Ranveer and Deepika’s scenes together. Some believe that they are not sharing any screen time, while it is also being said that Bhansali will tweak the history a little bit and the fans might be treated with romance scenes. This is something only time will tell. This is the third time that Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are teaming up, while Shahid will be the joining the trio for the first time.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much awaited Padmavati will hit the screens by November-December 2017.