The much awaited period drama Padmavati with its endless thrill around casting and scheduling conflicts, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has now calmly set into motion the first of the extravagant sets for the film in Bandra’s Mehboob Studios -Rani Padmavati’s Water Palace at the Chittorgarh Fort.
Raju Shelar, Mirror photographer spotted the production house’s board outside one of the studio floors. “Bhansali will start the shooting in this beautiful palace with a song sometime in September. Prep is on in full swing and the grand set should be completed in the next 20 days,” informs a source close to the development.
Rani Padmavati whose legendary beauty wowed Alauddin Khilji, the second ruler of the Khilji dynasty is played by the gorgeous Deepika Padukone. His obsessive love for the queen urged him to attack the kingdom of Mewar. While the men, including Rani Padmavati’s husband, Raja Ratan Singh, and his soldiers vowed to fight till their last breath, the women, following their rani, jumped into a furnace and committed jauhar.
Padmavati : Another Extravagant Movie in making for Bhansali?
Bhansali’s films are very well known for their picturesque locations and magnificent sets that he has had originated from scratch. Lahore’s Sheesh Mahal being the inspiration, the 53-year-old filmmaker had crafted the mirror palace in Mumbai for the title track, “Deewani Mastani”, in Bajirao Mastani. For Devdas, he built a exceptional set for “Dola Re” for Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit) and Paro’s (Aishwarya Rai) much-hyped jugalbandi.Nandini’s (Aishwarya Rai) family haveli in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam set on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border in the narrative was actually re-created at Mumbai’s Film City.
Rumour has it that even the water palace was meant to come up in Film City but due to non-availability of dates, Bhansali had to shift the location.
Bhansali’s sets are never just about lavish magnificence. Hrithik Roshan aka Ethan Mascarenhas’s vintage home in Guzaarish, the village in Gujarat in Goliyan Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela, Saawariya’s blue sets were all eye-drooling. Padmavati’s palace will simply carry the convention forward.