Padmavati is an upcoming Indian period drama film directed by the film features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. The film was originally scheduled for release on 17 November 2017, but protests in Rajasthan impacted filming and the release was pushed to 1 December 2017.
The film is an account on the legend of Rani Padmini a legendary Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat an epic poem written in 1540 CE. According to Padmavat, she was the wife of Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. In 1303, Alauddin Khilji, the Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, laid siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana. According to Padmavat, Khilji led the invasion motivated by his desire to capture Rani Padmini. Rani Padmini is said to have committed jauhar (self-immolation) to protect her honour.