Bhansali’s Rs 90-crore project on the epic story of Rani Padmavati

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 21:36 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Master film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is to make a film on the story of Padmavati, the 16th century Queen of Chittor who fought against the British along with her husband, the King of Chittor Rattan Sen and lost her life in the battle.

Bollywood sources confirm that SLB has struck a deal with a corporate house to produce the Rs 90-crore historical legend. But the question of curiosity is, who will plays the title role in Padmavati?

Kareena Kapoor is being seen as the best option to play the lead role of Padmavati. However she has never done a costume drama before so she will be required to undergo a lot of training for the role.

SLB says, “Padmavati is a project very close to my heart. I have been in love with this character and her story from long before the time when I directed the staged version of the opera in Paris. The movie adaptation has great potential for songs, dances, music and drama. Most important of all Padmavati is such a modern character, a true-blue feminist in spite of having existed five centuries ago. Beyond that it`s too early to comment on the project.”

Bhansali has been highly fascinated by this historical love-story which he even portrayed it on stage. Reportedly, Bhansali has staged an opera based on Albert Rousell`s 1923 opera, apparently which went on to become a huge success.

After finishing ‘Guzaarish’, the director has been fondling with the idea to make a movie on the story of Queen Padmavati. A source said, “After ‘Guzaarish’ Sanjay was in two minds as to what to make. He had two options, both large-scale epic tales. But it`s Padmavati he wants to direct next.”