Fans of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have been waiting for Padmavati for a while now. The film has already seen its share of controversies and delays so the interest is but natural. A few days ago, Ranveer and Deepika’s look was released amidst much excitement. Deepika looks stunning in her Rani Padmini avatar but here is a little exclusive detail we have dug out for you.
If sources are to be believed, then the unique unibrow look of Rani Padmavati is inspired by Kajol. According to sources, the look of Rani Padmini was finalised when both Deepika and Sanjay Leela Bhansali agreed that the unibrow gives a special look and feel to the character. The rumours were doing the rounds for some time but it was confirmed when the posters of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film were released.
Incidentally, paintings of Rani Padmavati are mostly from a side profile and those that depict her face never portray her with a unibrow. However, this was a cinematic liberty taken by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "The story goes that Sanjay wanted to cast Kajol in a film about 15 years back when she had just entered Bollywood. However, things didn't work out then between them," says a source.
A painting depicting Rani Padmavati
Recently during a video interview on a Facebook live session, Kajol was asked if she considers herself as a Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine. To everybody's astonishment, Kajol said she was not sure if she would be the right person for him. “Yeah. Sure. No two ways about it but I don’t know if I will have the right presence of mind or perfection of posture to be a Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine,” Kajol said. Here is the link of the Facebook live video posted on Kajol's page.
Surely it didn't work out for them then but it seems the memories of Kajol have been brought back through Deepika's styling in Padmavati. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always maintained in his interviews that he considers Kajol as one of the most powerful actresses in Bollywood. Perhaps this cinematic liberty by Sanjay is one of the most fitting tributes to one of his favourite heroines.
Kajol's unibrow was more prominent in her earlier films.
Over to Sanjay.