This is a story that has got everyone in B-Town talking but Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production house has so far denied it.
Pinkvilla confirmed trade sources that Padmavati’s release has been postponed from November 17 to April next year. The period drama, revolving around the life of the beautiful queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) from Mewar, is written, directed and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-stars Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Aditi Rao Hydari. The reason being touted is the huge amount of special effects required and a major part left for the principal actors to shoot.
Bhansali’s Padmavati is a fictionised account of the life of Rani Padmini or Padmavati who was the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the king of Mewar. In 1303, Alauddin Khilji, the ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, tried to capture the Chittor Fort in Rajasthan, motivated by his desire to capture Rani Padmini, as folklore goes.
A trade source informs, “Padmavati has been postponed from November 17 to April next year. April is a good month as both the Baahubalis had released then. The school holidays start and Padmavati is a Rs.150 crore (approx) film so it will need a prolonged holiday to recover the cost and the fact is, in November there are no holidays. Also the post-production of the film will take months. There are various battle scenes which need a lot of VFX and that’s the major reason the film has been postponed. The second reason is, that some major portions of the film are still to be shot on the principal actors, including Shahid, Ranveer, Deepika and Sanjay Dutt’s entire portion. Dutt plays Ranveer’s (Alauddin Khalji) father in the film.”
The trade source adds, “Of course, the co-producer of Padmavati Viacom 18, has earlier refuted reports of the film getting postponed but till they finalise a new release date they will keep denying. Fans of the stars have been eagerly waiting for the Padmavati trailer to come but no announcement has been made on it yet. It looks doubtful whether the film will be complete by October.”
When contacted, a source from Bhansali’s team says, “It’s not true. We want to know who is spreading these rumours of the film getting postponed! It’s been happening for over month now. The rumour started because of the FWICE strike as the shooting got a bit delayed. Only some minor patchwork remains to be shot with Ranveer, Deepika and Shahid and everything including VFX and editing is happening simultaneously. The film is racing towards its release date.”