Padmavati: Is Deepika Padukone struggling to fit into the character?
Padmavati: Is Deepika Padukone struggling to fit into the character? Pictured: Deepika PadukoneVarinder Chawla

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor kicked started recently. The team shot for first sequence with Deepika, which was a Rajasthani folk dance, Ghoomar.

While everyone including the actress was excited to shoot for the sequence, it turned out to be a tiring one as the Bajirao Mastani actress struggled to get her moves right.

The traditional dance form requires one to move round in circles. As Deepika was donned with heavy costumes and jewelleries, she found it difficult to coordinate with the background dancers, SpotboyE reported. Considering that Bhansali gives importance to minute details in his film, team went on taking retakes for long hours until the filmmaker was satisfied with the final result.

The Piku actress will be portraying the character of the queen of Chittor Rani Padmavati in the period drama, while Ranveer will be seen as ruler Alauddin Khilji, which is apparently a negative role. Shahid will essay the role of Rani Padmavati's husband King Ratan Singh of Chittor. Apparently, the film also has Aditi Rao Hydari in key role. The actress will play the role of Kamala Devi, one of Khilji's favourite wives.

There were reports that a set had been constructed at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai, similar to that of Padmavati's Water Palace in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh Fort.

For the past several months, Padmavati had been in news due to several factors: ego clashes between star cast Ranveer and Shahid, their issues with the script, movie posters and screen space.