‘Padmaavat’, which was cleared for release by the CBFC with an U/A release certificate post the incorporation of only five modifications, will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on January 25, producers of the movie Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced on Sunday.
‘The film will witness a mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages and formats, covering 2D, 3D & Imax 3D in India and the world,’ said Ajit Andhare, COO of Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
‘Padmaavat is our magnum opus – a tribute to the Rajput valour, created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen. It carries the trademark style of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, wherein each frame of the film is a timeless work of art.
“We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the flick across select international markets, including non-traditional territories. Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic, when it releases across the world on January 25,’ Mr Andhare added.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the magnam opus stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali, for whom the film has been a dream project, said the release of the movie is a dream come true for him.
‘Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories.
‘I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film, they so supported,’ he said.
The producers said the resistance faced by the movie from its early stages, was due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering.
‘Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering.
‘Despite these challenges, the film that showcases the valour of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honor, bravery and sacrifice, has managed to overcome all odds; aided by the support of well-wishers from across the film fraternity, the government authorities and the society at large,’ the producers said.
According to Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18, ‘Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. We are humbled with the immense support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity.
‘Padmaavat is a story that’s inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values. In the past, international film-makers have presented Indian stories such as ‘Gandhi’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Jungle Book’ and others to the world. We believe this is the right time for us to truly Make in India and show the world a tale that every Indian is proud of,’ Mr Vats added.