Padmavati: Deepika Padukone dances gracefully as the Rajput Rani

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Padmavati: Deepika Padukone dances gracefully as the Rajput Rani

The much-awaited ‘Ghoomar’ featuring Deepika Padukone which is also the first song from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most ambitious project yet ‘Padmavati’ is out now.

 

Ghoomar, a traditional Bhil tribe folk dance is not just an act of singing and dancing but is a symbol of womanhood, a rite of passage in which young girls participate to declare that they are now stepping into the shoes of a woman. What makes Ghoomar and its accompanying attire even more alluring is the use of dance step ‘Ghoomna,’ in which young women twirl around with their Chaniya or Ghagra and the whirling effect produces a kaleidoscope of colours. Originally performed for worshipping Goddesses, the dance of Ghoomar of Marwar is now identified with its bright outfits and graceful inclinations. Marwar, also known as Jodhpur region, is popular for Ghoomar, wherein Rajasthan communities perform the dance on occasions such as rains, Diwali, Holi and as a rite of passage. The dance form, which was developed by Bhil tribe now, connects different Rajasthani and Rajput communities, who have adopted it as a show of solidarity.

The new song appears to document Rani Padmini’s (played by Deepika Padukone) introductory performance for the Raja, Rawal Ratan Singh (featured by Shahid Kapoor). Deepika walks in with perfection as she begins her performance, with occasional glances to the Raja, whose ‘can’t take my eyes off you’ – Shahid Kapoor’s expression is basically all of us looking at Deepika Padukone in this trailer.

Ahead of the song’s arrival, this is what Deepika tweeted: “The Ghoomar Song has to be one of the most difficult yet most fulfilling song sequences I have ever shot for!” Deepika reportedly delivered 66 twirls onsets during the shooting of the song.

Singing credits for the Ghoomar song go to Shreya Ghoshal and Swaroop Khan while courtesy for lyrics goes to A M Turaz. The additions in Rajasthani have been made by Swaroop Khan. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika and Shahid also co-star with Ranveer Singh in Padmavati – he features as Alauddin Khilji. Padmavati is slated for a December 1st release.

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