Mumbai: Paramount Pictures will distribute Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” in international markets.

The period drama, starring Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, is slated to release worldwide on December 1.

Bhansali became the first Indian to direct an opera in Paris and Rome with Padmavati . The opera made its debut at the 51st Spoleto festival, and will now be retold in the form of a visual cinematic extravaganza.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Viacom18 Motion Pictures on this exciting new release. Padmavati, has all the makings of a hit film and we are excited to bring Sanjay’s incredible vision to audiences across the international market place,” said Megan Colligan, spokesperson of Paramount Pictures.

Ajit Andhare COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the producers behind the movie, said the collaboration with Paramount will help take the movie to new places.

“This is a first ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets. We are breaking new ground with Padmavati, its marketing and release strategy. With Paramount coming on board, we will take the film to a whole new level globally,” Andhare said.

PTI