A year back or so, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama, Padmavati, (which is now officially called Padmaavat) began facing one of many hurdles that it faces today, that is, their sets being broken down by a certain Karni Sena, who even slapped the acclaimed director. And now, the makers have begun facing the same hurdles from all over, be it from the so-called guardians of history, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, some unknown vandals who destroyed the sets of the film in Kohlapur and even the state governments, who, under the influence (or pressure) of the Sena, banned the release of the film in their respective states.
Now, there’s an old saying (or rather, many of them) which read something to the effect of “The more hurdles one faces, there is always a greater degree of success that awaits the individual at the end of it!”
While on the surface, these hurdles seem to be reducing the chance of this Bhansali epic to achieve greatness in terms of box-office numbers, to us, these VERY HURDLES seem to be a blessing in disguise of sorts.
So, now that the release of Padmaavat is (probably) just three days away, we are here to bring you five reasons that this film can, in fact, indisputably be the BIGGEST blockbuster that Bhansali has delivered till date.
So, let’s get down to it!
- A Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the NAME ITSELF carries a lot of weight in the entertainment industry. His films have been termed as “poetry in motion” with beautifully colored and detailed frames, so much so that you can very well complain about having too much color to deal with at one go! This itself goes to prove the kind of hard work that the filmmaker puts into all his projects.
- The Karni Sena – The Unpaid PR.
When you have a film coming along, one is bound to promote their films left, right and center. But, in the case of Padmaavat, the lead actors have hardly had to promote their film personally, as the Karni Sena, who are surprisingly STILL against the release, have pretty much put it out in the world that “There’s this epic film directed by some Sanjay Leela Bhansali, known as Padmaavat. It distorts the facts of history and we are hence against its release” Well, dear Karni Sena, while you’re protesting its release, you’re in fact PROMOTING the film! So, who’s really winning?
- A sense of intrigue.
This is no secret that whenever a film has landed itself in a controversy, it has always caught multiple eyeballs, even of those who wouldn’t have anything remotely to do with the film or the Industry. So, given that this film had invited THE MOTHER OF ALL CONTROVERSIES, It’s natural for the audience to think “So, what’s the fuss really all about? Let’s check it out!” There you go. You make the audience curious about a film, you automatically get them to theatre halls. Cha-Ching!
An image from the future of people watching Padmaavat in 3D!
- A solo release.
Every single time the team of Padmavati (which is now Padmaavat) has announced a release date, all other films which were supposed to release along with and around it have quietly backed off. Of course, who wouldn’t? But, we were kind of getting scared this time, because when Padmaavat announced its new release date, it had taken the challenge of going up against Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man, until the latter gracefully postponed his release to February 9. Now, this means that the film will have a release that will be as wide as it gets, which will mean that multiple ticket counters will keep ringing (or, god forbid, reduced to ashes by you-know-who!).
Image source: Wikipedia
- Ranveer-Deepika’s FIRE!
Although Mr. Bhansali has made it loud and clear that Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati (played by alleged lovebirds, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone respectively) do not share as much as a single frame together, they are pretty much the highlight of the film because of what looks like two VERY strong individual performances by them (And yes, Shahid Kapoor too, sorry about that!). Also, fans of the alleged couple can flock in to expect an Easter egg or two. These are who you call helplessly-optimistic romantics.
So, let’s do the math here:
A Bhansali film + free marketing by the Karni Sena + The curiosity of the audience + No other release on that day + The power of the alleged couple = BOX OFFICE ON FIRE!
Isn’t it pretty simple by now? We would LOVE to hear from you all as well!
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