Sanjay Bhansali is a well-known name in Bollywood. He has brought to the screen some excellent tales of historical love. His last film "Bajirao Mastani" delineating the love affair of the Hindu warrior Bajirao and a Muslim princess Mastani was a big hit at the box office. The film was banned in Pakistan as many Muslims felt that depicting a Muslim girl loving a Hindu was not proper.

The tale of the Sultan who lusted 

Bhansali is now producing and directing another historical film of unrequited passion and love.

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He will bring to the screen the passion and lust of Sultan Allauddin Khilji the ruler of Delhi for the queen of Chittor the beautiful Padmavati.

The role of Allauddin will be portrayed by Ranbir Singh, who did a tremendous role as Bajirao. The Queen will again be played by Despite Package who had played the role of the Muslim princess Mastani.

The film is based on a real historical incident sometime in the 13th century. Allauddin had heard of the beauty of Padmavati and lusted for her. He proceeded to Chittor and requested the ruler to show him a glimpse of Padmavati.

The ruler wanting to avoid battle and showed a reflected image of Padmavati, his queen. 

Allauddin went back, but lust and passion ruled his mind, and he mounted an invasion of Chittor to capture Padmavati. In a severe battle, the Chittor King was killed, but Allauddin's sweet moment turned to grief as the queen with all her attendants committed "Jahuar" or ritual death by burning. 

This was a custom in Rajasthan when in a case of defeat the women dressed in all their finery and jewelry and jumped into naked flames, so they could not fall into the hands of the victor.

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The film

Bhansali will bring this tale to the celluloid screen. Ranbir Singh plays the crucial role of Allauddin. The Queen Padmavati will be portrayed by Deepika Padukone who fancies herself as a rival to Priyanka Chopra. 

Mumbai films are now catering to a global audience. After the success of "Slumdog Millionaire" which won the Oscar, interest in Mumbai films has gone up.  The film will also be dubbed in English and will thus have a wider appeal. The film will go on floor in this month and hopefully will be released next year