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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Ranveer Singh to go bald, learn Marathi for Bajirao Mastani

PTI  Mumbai, May 17, 2014
First Published: 15:59 IST(17/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:13 IST(17/5/2014)
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh said in order to portray the character of the historical figure of Bajirao in the upcoming film Bajirao Mastani, he will get his head tonsured and also learn Marathi.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Bajirao Mastani, a tumultuous love story, is finally set to go on floors with rumoured couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone playing the lead roles.

While Ranveer will play the role of the 18th century Maratha general and statesman Bajirao Peshwa, the project will also have Priyanka Chopra in a key role. Though both Deepika and Priyanka will be a part of the film, it is still not clear who would play the role of Mastani.

"Preparations for Bajirao Mastani is very intense. I will have to learn Marathi, horse riding, pick up the accent and do a lot of work for the character. I will have to shave off my hair, work on my look and the physical aspect," Ranveer said in an exclusive chat.

"I have allotted fair amount of time to prepare for this film. It is a large commitment for me to give (time) for one project, but the film demands it and I am more than happy to do it. I believe in the director and the film. Through this film we are trying to achieve something that hopefully will be landmark in our cinema," Ranveer said.

The project has been close to Bhansali's heart as he had first planned the film with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam stars Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Ranveer, 28, has read about the Maratha leader and is aware about him and the work he did. "I am aware about him. I am pretty much aware about how my character will be shaping up. I will start working for it towards the end of the year," Ranveer said.

Apparently, Karan Johar wanted to cast Ranveer and Deepika for his much talked about film Shuddhi. But Ranveer chose to do Bajirao Mastani instead. When asked if he was approached for Shuddhi, Ranveer said, "I can't comment on any film that I am not doing."  The Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela star will also be seen in YRF's next Kill Dill alongside Govinda, Parineeti Chopra and others.

The actor will also start shooting for Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do in Barcelona. In the film, Ranveer and Priyanka Chopra will be seen as siblings, while Anushka Sharma plays his love interest. The film will also star Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah.
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