I’m never informed enough about Indian cinema to give an expert opinion. What I can tell you is that the ones I have seen have all been a fascinating and striking experience in some capacity, most recently S.S. Rajamouli’s two-part sword epic, Bahubali, which all but signals the continued reptutation of just how insanely big Indian films can get. Especially period pieces.
Moving forward, I suspect Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ninth film to date, Padmavati, will be no different in leaving a similar impression with actress Deepika Padukone (Hollywood breakout co-star of xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage) starring in the title role. The film takes its cues from a 14th century poem which tells of an ancient Mewar ruler, and his wife, a legendary Rajput queen who commits self-immolation in defense of her own honor in the wake of a Warlord’s attacks and invasions motivated only by his lust for her.
The production itself has endured quite its fair share of backlash from right-wing political groups trying to sabotage the film. Gladly this hasn’t stopped its progress and its not hindering the film’s day-and-date rollout on December 1 in India with Paramount Pictures handling distribution worldwide.
“I am very proud to announce that Paramount Pictures will lead the international release of our epic filmPadmavati,” Ajit Andhare, COO at Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said. “This is a first ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets. We are breaking new ground with Padmavati and its marketing and release strategy.”
Paramount president of worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Viacom18 Motion Pictures on this exciting new release. Padmavati has all the makings of a hit film and we are excited to bring Sanjay’s incredible vision to audiences across the international market place.”
The official trailer has been out for several weeks now and with over 40 million views as of this post and footage clicking in over three minutes, I totally get the excitement. Check it out for yourself below.