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Padmaavat: Bisexuality added another layer to Khilji’s complex personality, says Ranveer Singh

Padmaavat, that also stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, is making a killing at the box office. So far, the film has earned Rs 110 crore in the domestic market.

bollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2018 14:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat.

Ranveer Singh, who is receiving rave reviews for his latest film Padmaavat, has finally ended his self-imposed silence on the film and his character, Sultan Alauddin Khilji. For the past two days, he has been speaking his mind about the controversial film.

In one of such interviews with Mid-Day, he shed light on his role of Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat. He said, “I was apprehensive about taking up the role as it was a big risk. Sanjay Sir (Bhansali, director) laid out the cards right at the start and told me that my character is bisexual, so I could make an informed choice. I think the bisexuality added another layer to Khilji’s complex personality; it was a complete dismantling of a traditional moral compass.”

He added, “But, this is a profession where taking big risks defines people. People I look up to —Johnny Depp, Daniel Day Lewis and Steve Jobs - they are all mavericks and I find myself drawn to their spirit.”

Talking about he prepared for the role, Ranveer earlier told HT, “I did prep [for it] the way I usually do for my other films. I locked myself up for three weeks. I worked on various aspects [of the character] because this is not a character that I can relate to. I don’t have that kind of greed, manipulation or ambition in me. I had to do a lot of study to generate that conviction [in me] that there are people, who think that way. To understand his world view took a little bit of processing on my part but I created the foundation and then Sanjay sir freestyled with the character. It was a big risk to take up such a character and it’s wonderful to see my gamble pay off. Such validation also gives me confidence to take bigger risks, challenge stereotypes and push the envelope further.”

Having Bhansali at the helm of affairs helped Ranveer too. “In Bajirao Mastani (2015), he was very hands off but this time, he was very hands on, so it’s very fulfilling experience now that the film has finally got a release and the kind of things people are saying about my performance and the response that I am getting. God knows that I had my share of struggles while I was doing it but today, I just feel very fulfilled, and above all, happy for Mr Bhansali because he is the one who had the vision and he fought for it. “

Meanwhile, Padmaavat, that also stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, is making a killing at the box office. So far, the film has earned Rs 110 crore in the domestic market.

Made at a budget of Rs 180 crore, Padmaavat is likely to continue its dream run at the box office for another week.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 14:39 IST