Deepika Padukone's 'first look' from Padmavati is a fake, says casting director

A sketch, claiming to be Deepika Padukone's 'first look' from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, was doing the rounds of social media. However, casting director Shruti Mahajan has denied that the sketch has anything to do with the film.

FP Staff November 16, 2016 12:44:39 IST
Deepika Padukone's 'first look' from Padmavati is a fake, says casting director

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been the subject of intense scrutiny — and why not?

After all, it does star the industry's most photogenic stars (Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor); has had enormous amounts of backstage drama even before going on the floors (reports of a rivalry between the two leading men, Deepika's glass-ceiling shattering paycheque; protests over the film's historical accuracy; and some musical chairs-type changes in the project's financial backers); and has a pretty gripping premise (Alauddin Khilji's obsession with Rani Padmini).

With details of the film being kept tightly under wraps by Bhansali, any little scrap of information that emerges is immediately pounced upon, and dissected.

And so it was, that a sketch of Deepika's 'look' from Padmavati — shared on Facebook by the film's casting director Shruti Mahajan — got a lot of attention.

The sketch, rendered in pencil, depicts Deepika in full Rajput princess regalia, sporting traditional jewellery including a nathni and maang-teeka), with her hair covered by the diaphanous veil of her lehenga-choli outfit. It had elements of Aishwarya Rai's get-up in Ashutosh Gowriker's Jodhaa Akbar.

Deepika Padukones first look from Padmavati is a fake says casting director

Deepika Padukone's 'look' from Padmavati. Image courtesy Twiter

The picture was shared several times on social media.

However, it now emerges that the sketch is not, in fact, Deepika's look from Padmavati.

Shruti Mahajan took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that the drawing had been picked up from an unverified account and she had not shared any such picture from her official handles. Mahajan added that Deepika's look in the historical film was markedly different from the sketch that had been put out:

The artist who had made the sketch later came forward to state that it was based entirely on his imagination, and that he hadn't claimed that it was the actress' look in Padmavati.

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