Indian epic period drama Padmaavat is the story of Rani Padmavati who was exceptionally beautiful and was married Rajput ruler Maharawal Ratan Singh. Alauddin Khilji, who ruled the Delhi Sultanate, gets to know about her beauty and in the process of winning her abducts Ratan Singh. But in the end, Padmavati makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her dignity from Alauddin Khilji by jumping into a Jauhar Kund along with the ladies of her kingdom.
After Jodha Akbar, this is the second movie to be opposed by Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS). In January, activists of the group vandalized the set of the movie at several locations. After few months, Some miscreants had broken the mirrors in the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort. Karni Sena’s members claim that in no written evidence about Alauddin Khilji’s love towards Padmavati. Whatever be their point, this sure has added to the PR of the already popular movie.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali initially wanted to cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan to play Rani Padmavati and Rawal Ratan Singh respectively. The two refused to share screen space together, which made Bhansali resort to his hit on-screen pair of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
Deepika Padukone has been paid a whopping Rs 13 crore as her fee for the film, which is quite higher than what her male co-actors have been paid. Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor have got Rs 10 crore each.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali performed the opera version of Padmavati in Paris in 2008. He had then vowed to make it the biggest film of his career. The epic spectacle was staged every night at the iconic Theatre Chatelet. The screenplay for the film version was composed during his morning stroll by the Seine listening to Lata Mangeshkar`s songs
For Padmaavat’s Ghoomar song, the gorgeous Deepika Padukone donned a lavish lehenga designed by Rimple Narula which costs approximately 2 million and weighs approximately 30 kg. We wonder how she carried the attire with so much ease during the entire shoot!
“Chinta ko talwar ki nok pe rakhe, woh Rajput ... ret ki naav lekar samundar se shart lagaye, woh Rajput ... aur jiska sar kate phir bhi dhad dushman se ladta rahe, woh Rajput”
“Rajputi kangan mein utni hi taqat hai jitni Rajputi talwar mein”
“Itihaas apne panne badal sakta hai par Rajput apne usool nahi badalte”
“Sultan ban`ne ke liye gardan aur iraade dono mazboot hone chahiye”
“Jung ka ek hi usool hai ... Jeet”
“Ranbhoomi mein girne wale Rajput kabhi marte nahi ... amar ho jaate hai”
“Jab Rajput apne mitti aur maan ke liye ladta hai ... toh uski talwar ki goonj sadiyon tak rehti hai”
“Keh Dejiyai Apne Sultan Se Unke Talwaar Se Zeyada Loha Hum Suryawanshi Mewadio Ke Seene Me Hai”
The film became controversial during production. Several Rajput caste organizations including Shri Rajput Karni Sena and its members had protested and later vandalized the film sets claiming that the film portrays the Padmavati, a Rajput queen, in a bad light. They had also assaulted Bhansali on a film set. The Sena had made further threats of violence. While filming a scene in Masai Plateau, Kolhapur at night in October 2017, some people attacked and set the set ablaze, injuring animals and destroying several costumes. Several Muslim leaders protested against the alleged misrepresentation of Ala-ud-din Khilji and called for a ban. In the days leading up to the film`s release, there were violent protests and riots in several parts of India. In Haryana, the protesters had attacked several vehicles including a school bus.
Bhansali and Deepika Padukone had received threats of violence. The filmmakers received support from the film community and industry associations including the Indian Film & Television Directors` Association, Cine & TV Artists Association, Western India Cinematographers` Association, Association of Cine & Television Art Directors & Costume Designers.
The major political parties across India took conflicting stands. Several members and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a ban on the film. The Rajasthan State unit of the Indian National Congress (INC) had also called for ban.
The controversies surrounding the film re-opened the question of film censorship in India and the country`s freedom of expression. The Supreme Court dismissed a petition calling to stop the film`s release citing the freedom of speech and expression.
The movie is banned in Malaysia by the Home Ministry due to its negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler.
“Padmaavat”, the first Indian movie to release in IMAX 3D, has garnered a record $461,000 (over Rs 29 crore) opening weekend box office from 12 IMAX theatres in India.
Highest Opening Weekend in Australia for a Bollywood film
With collections of 110 Crore, Padmaavat is at 4th spot of all-time opening weekends in Bollywood. Only Sultan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and Tiger Zinda Hai are ahead of it.
Highest Single Day Collection in North America: The film broke the record of PK`s highest single day collection (1.4 million USD) when it collected 1.8 Million USD on 27th January.