Mumbai: The second song Ek Dil Ek Jaan from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube and Facebook put together since it was unveiled on November 11.
Featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati (Padmini) and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, the song sung by Shivam Pathak, penned by AM Turaz and composed by Bhansali, highlights the beautiful relationship between the Rajput King and his Queen.
Deepika and Shahid, who have been paired opposite each other for the first time, share a great chemistry on screen. The song depicts the King and the Queen’s inspiring tale of love and sacrifice.
And in case you missed the song, take a look at it here:
Also starring Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, Padmavati has been in news since its inception over its historical content. The makers of the magnum opus have clarified multiple times that the film doesn’t distort historical facts and that it upholds the pride of the Rajputs.
Despite several clarifications, the film has faced stiff opposition from a number of Rajput organisations.
The Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) will on Monday lead an appeal to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on behalf of four other associations, to allow freedom for filmmakers in the wake of the ongoing controversy over Padmavati.
Members of IFTDA, Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), Western India Cinematographers Association (WICA), Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Association of Cine and Television Art Directors & Costume Designers, will hold a press meet here later on Monday.
"Five bodies are coming together to make an appeal for freedom of expression for filmmakers. The industry is shocked and we are hurt that a filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali is being heckled and abused. Bhansali symbolises success of our film industry in many ways, and if he can be treated like this and harassed, things are not right," Ashoke Pandit, IFTDA President, told IANS.
He said their appeal is to the ministers to take note of the controversy and uphold the freedom of filmmakers.
"Nobody has seen the film, yet people are making assumptions and attacking and abusing Bhansali. Similar controversy happened around Indu Sarkar. What will we do? We can't make films to suit everyone's ego. If someone doesn't want to watch the film, don't watch it. If someone doesn't want it to release, go to court," Pandit said.
Slated to release on December 1, the film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh.
(With IANS inputs)