Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat (earlier titled Padmavati), a film which was in the eye of storm since its inception, will hit the silverscreen on January 25. The film which stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji will also release in 3D, Imax 3D, Tamil and Telugu languages too.
The makers of the film made an official announcement on Sunday, January 14.
Padmaavat will release with a U/A certificate after incorporating five modifications including title change as suggested by the censor board.
Bhansali said in a statement: 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."
The makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, have said the film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic Awadhi poem Padmaavat.
A number of Rajput organisations from across the country had protested against the film’s release over its content. It is being alleged that the makers have distorted history and misrepresented facts. And hence the state governments of Rajasthan and Gujarat have decided to ban the film following massive protests.
However, the makers are overwhelmed by the support they have received so far.
"Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope 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," said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18.
"It's a story that is inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values."
Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said the movie will witness a "mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages and formats covering 2D, 3D and Imax 3D in India and the world".
It will be the first Indian film to have an IMAX 3D release, the makers said.
Paramount Pictures will distribute the film 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," Andhare said.
Bhansali, who has often been in the middle of controversies every time his films releases, is known for creating masterpieces on celluloid. And Padmaavat promises to be yet another one. The magnum opus which was initially slated to hit theatres on December 1 last year also stars Anupriya Goenka, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad.
(With IANS inputs)