The trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati released at 1303 hours today featuring the magnum opus cast of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The trailer begins with the grand setting of the fortress and the warrior King, Maharawal Ratan Singh entering the fort.
While Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati looks every bit ‘the Goddess Queen’, we can’t say the same about the Maharawal. It’s probably because we’ve been spoilt by the larger than life Amarendra Bahubali, even Bhallaldev in the recent past. Almost everything in this first trailer of Padmavati seems to overshadow Shahid Kapoor. We completely understand that 3 minutes hardly tell the complete story but if we’re talking first impressions then our vote ain’t going to Mr Padmavati.
Moving on to the Maha-rival to our Maharawal. Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji looks absolutely menacing. Singh who plays the antagonist in the film looks every bit menacing without uttering a single dialogue. This is the first time that Singh plays a negative character on the silver screen and we must say that even though there are no dialogues from him in the trailer, Ranveer’s actions certainly speak louder than words.
Unkempt and unruly, Singh’s portrayal of Khilji will be under the scanner when the film releases on December 1, his appearance though definitely gets a 10/10.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s marketing is on point with the period drama. First he released the solo posters of Deepika Padukone on the first day of Navratri, the trailer was released strategically at 13:03 hours. After all it was in 1303 that the Delhi Sultanate ruler Khilji captured the Chittor Fort from the Guhila King Ratnasimha, after an eight month long siege.Let’s hope that Shahid’s portrayal as Maharawal Ratan Singh is an improvement on what the trailer has to offer. Because right now Singh’s Khilji definitely deserves a better opponent.