There have been a lot of conjectures about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ regarding ego-clashes between the two lead heroes, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh for screen time and space.
Shahid Kapoor has finally decided to break his silence during the media interaction at the Jio MAMI Film Festival today made his very first statement about the film. The Haider actor said, “I wish Padmavati came to me five or six years back, I hope I did it. I am happy it is coming to me today. I am happy that I am working with a filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. When I saw his last film Bajirao Mastani, I went berserk on Twitter because I absolutely loved it. I expressed openly how much I enjoyed the film and I was very happy that an Indian film was made at that size and scale. The fact that it did exceedingly well was great and you know that it was a film that was loved by people. I am grateful and thankful for that opportunity. If five years back I said no to it, someone would’ve watched me and said that’s the stupidest mistake of my life. Maybe it is coming to me today because I am ready for it.”
Shahid also sounded irked by the media reports that were pitting him against Ranveer Singh and their alleged ego clash and making it difficult for Bhansali to find a peaceful ground between the two regarding screen space and time. To set the record straight once and for all, Shahid said, “This is the stuff I have been reading in papers and I find it absurd when people say it is ‘two hero’ film. Even Udta Punjab had two heroes and two heroines. This film has three principle characters. To say it’s a two hero project is just a way of creating some kind of material which is exciting at a very frivolous level. It’s a great opportunity for all three of us. It’s a great role for Deepika, it’s a fantastic role for Ranveer and great role for me. I am so happy that the film has been cast the way it has and it is getting made. I hope we come out with a great cinematic experience for the audience because that is what all of us want.”
The actor who was last seen in Udta Punjab is set to join Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone after his paternity break on the sets of this Bollywood’s most expensive historic drama.
Padmavati is based on the story of Rani Padmavati, also known as Rani Padmini of Chittor, who was the second wife of Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar and how her beauty allured Muslim King Alauddin Khilji unleash war on the Rajputs to capture Padmini. Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor plays Mewar’s Raja Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays the allured Muslim King Alauddin Khilji.
The actors have already started working on their physical appearance for the movie and it will be interesting to see this trio come together. The movie is slated to release on November 17, 2017.