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SAT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – I hope people enjoy the Padmaavat experience: Deepika Padukone


By Neeraj Nanda

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavaat’ is releasing on 25 January 2018 in cinemas across Australia and worldwide. It is the first Indian film that will have a global IMAX 3D release. Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. Based on the 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign but managed to overcome all odds. I caught up with Deepika Padukone (in Mumbai) on the phone from Melbourne a few days back where she candidly talked to me about her role and the film.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q-1: Do you call this movie a historical or what?

A-1: I would call it inspiring. It’s an inspiration, historic or not. I find Padmavati’s journey incredible.

Q-2: How was it like being Padmavati in the movie?

A-2: The fact that I have done this movie means at some level I have connected. The story needs to be told. I am glad we made this film.

Q-3: What’s the special thing about your dresses in the movie?

A-3: The dresses are suited to the culture and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s vision. They bring to life my character in the film.

Q-4: How tough was it to shoot wearing this heavy stuff?

A-4: Not difficult at all. At that time, you are not thinking of how heavy your dress or jewelry are but to be true to the moment.

Q-5: What difference the 3-D version of the movie makes?

A-5: It’s a visual difference. The 3-D experience is a visual treat. People also enjoy watching a movie in 3-D.

Q-6: Somewhere you said the movie was an emotional journey. Explain it.

A-6: Every film is an emotional experience at the creative level spending time on the film sets and spend so much of your energy creating these characters. It’s emotionally demanding.

Q-7: What makes the Ghoomar song and its picturisation so special?

A-7: It is exciting for me as an actress to have learned a new dance form. It is a tribute to Rajasthani folk culture and it is a visual delight. As an audience think what it will be on the big screen.

Q-8: What is your message to people waiting for Padmaavat?

A-8: We made it with lots of love and passion and we enjoyed the experience and hope all of you enjoy the experience.

Bombay Talkies Exhibition in Melbourne from 8 February

Photo: ACMI

Indian cinema journey from silent to sound – 1920s to 1940s

By SAT Arts Desk

MELBOURNE, 10 January: For those who are Indian cinema buffs an exhibition treat called ‘Bombay Talkies’ will take place from 8 Feb to 2 July 2017 at the acmi Museum at the Federation Square, city. One can experience the excitement and glamour of Indian cinema from 1920s – 1940s.

For the very first time, the free Bombay Talkies exhibition will showcase the treasure-trove that is the Dietze Family Trust archive, a Melbourne-based collection of more than 3,000 cultural artefacts gathered from the legendary Indian film studio, Bombay Talkies.

This extraordinary archive, which traces Indian cinema’s journey from silent film to sound, represents the most comprehensive collection of 1920s to 1940s Indian film studio ephemera in the world.

Entrepreneurial filmmaker Himansu Rai (1892−1940) and his movie-star wife Devika Rani (1908−1994) played a crucial role in the development of mainstream Bombay cinema. After creating landmark silent films in the 1920s based on traditional Indian stories, which were largely seen in Europe, they turned their attention to home.

As co-founders of the legendary Bombay Talkies film studio, they aimed to make films about contemporary India that would speak to a wide audience.

Running for 20 years and releasing 40 films, Bombay Talkies was one of India’s most innovative and highly resourced movie studios. It is credited with introducing the musical narrative structure that characterises modern Bollywood, and launched the careers of several prominent Indian film industry luminaries including superstars Ashok Kumar (1911–2001) and Leela Chitnis (1909-2003).

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Source: ACMI, Melbourne