“People told me not to do Padmaavat calling it a Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone film” – Shahid Kapoor

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s labour of love Padmaavat has finally released after many controversies and is running in packed houses, much to the relief of the makers. While Ranveer Singh has once again set a benchmark in terms of playing an out-and-out anti-hero in a mainstream Bollywood flick, Deepika Padukone is getting rave reviews from the industry veterans for her steely portrayal of valiant Rajput queen Rani Padmavati. Shahid Kapoor on the other hand has impressed his fans by playing an underdog in this big ticket historical drama. While Ranveer and Deepika’s roles are more performance oriented, Shahid revealed exclusively to Bollywood Hungama that his journey of getting into the groove of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh was ridden with its own challenges.

He said, “Padmaavat is a very significant film which came at an important time. People were asking me what are you doing, this is Ranveer-Deepika film and I knew there would be no support before the film came out. I will have to wait till the day it releases. I will have to make impact and reach out to masses. There has been no clarification about my role for reasons I don’t want to speak about but I am happy that masses have given so much love to the character and the effort.”

He further said, “When you are a leading man in a film, love comes in a different way in the sense that ‘you had a good opportunity, you did well, good on you man.’ But when you play an underdog, it is different. Sometimes you swim with the tide, sometimes you swim against the tide.”

He also spilled beans of how SLB convinced him to play an unconventional character. He added, “Padmaavat was offered to me at an interesting period. I had just finished doing Udta Punjab. Bhansali Sir told me, ‘Shahid, you think only dark edgy characters are worth doing’. He gave me examples of Dilip Saab’s characters in Devdas and Mughal-E-Azam. He said why don’t you do character which is good. Why you don’t you do a character which finds strength in the goodness and integrity. I asked him if he thinks I really should do it, he said yes and I said let’s do it. I did not read the script until a week before the shoot.”

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