Om Puri had played Alauddin Khilji much before Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh’s portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has consistently grabbed all the attention of the audience. But do you know that before Ranveer Singh, late actor Om Puri had explored the controversial character of Alauddin Khilji in a television show titled Bharat Ek Khoj, which used to air in the late 1980s. The show was based on Padmavati by Sufi poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi, who showcased Khilji’s greed for Chittorgarh’s treasures and obsession for Rani Padmini.
The 45-minute episode covered some interesting and crucial elements of this tale. While Seema Kelkar essayed Deepika Padukone’s role of Rani Padmini, veteran actor Rajendra Gupta played Shahid Kapoor’s character of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh. Padmavati, the poem, narrates how Khilji’s obsession with Queen Padmini’s beauty leads to the destruction of the Chittorgarh Empire. The look of Om Puri’s Khiliji looks much more sober in comparison to the barbaric look of Ranveer’s Khilji look. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati also stars Raza Murad and Jim Sarbh in key roles.
Coming back to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, it is facing a backlash from protestors and political groups for distorting facts. The makers have planned to hold a screening for the protestors once they get an approval of the film from CBFC. The makers told Bollywood life, “We are first looking at the censor board (for clearance) and then we don’t have a problem (to show the film) because they are imagining something different and we would like to quell all these doubts first. But ideally, we want to get the certificate first. We do not have a problem (in screening the film) please realise this is unprecedented, this is not how it is supposed to be done. What they (certain sections of people) are saying is not in the film, we do not have anything to hide.”
Although, now the IFTDA is backing smooth release of the film. Deepika Padukone thanked the association on Twitter for their support. The film is set to hit screens on December 1 and we hope there is no unfortunate event before or after the release.