Padmavati is an upcoming Indian period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. The film was originally scheduled for release on 17 November 2017, but protests in Rajasthan impacted filming and the release was pushed to 1 December 2017.
The film is an account on the legend of Rani Padmini a legendary Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat an epic poem written in 1540 CE. According to Padmavat, she was the wife of Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. In 1303, Alauddin Khilji, the Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, laid siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana. According to Padmavat, Khilji led the invasion motivated by his desire to capture Rani Padmini. Rani Padmini is said to have committed jauhar (self-immolation) to protect her honour.
Pre-production on the film began in July 2016. That same month, playback singer Shreya Ghoshal tweeted about singing a song composed by Bhansali for the film. Many media outlets speculated that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, who played the leads in Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015), were finalized to play Alauddin Khalji and Rani Padmini in the film. Their co-star from the previous films, Priyanka Chopra was also in consideration for playing the titular part. In January 2017, it was reported that Bhansali had approached Chopra for a cameo appearance in the film. However, in April 2017, Chopra denied her involvement in the film.
In October 2016, it was announced that Bhansali would team up with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures to produce the film with Singh and Padukone along with Shahid Kapoor as Rawal Ratan Singh, playing the lead roles.
During the shooting of the film in January 2017 in Jaipur, the members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena protested at sets at Jaigarh Fort alleging that the Bhansali depicted wrong facts in the film. They also tried to vandalise the sets.
On 6 March 2017 these members again vandalised the Chittor Fort and broke the mirrors installed in the palace of Rani Padmini. According to officials of the Archaeological Survey of India, these mirrors were put up some 40 years ago in the Chittorgarh Fort.
The film score is composed by Sanchit Balhara while the songs are composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A. M. Turaz and Siddharth-Garima have penned down the lyrics for songs. Shreya Ghoshal has already rendered a song. She will be singing four songs for the film. Deepika Padukone filmed a Ghoomar performance, a traditional Rajasthani folk dance, on a set that replicates the interior of Chittorgarh Fort. According to Ghoshal "The film has some beautiful songs. The fusion of folk and larger than life arrangements and grander treatment is amazing. It is going to be a treat." The soundtrack will be released by T-Series. The first song will be released on 23 October 2017.