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Padmaavat: Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor’s painful transformation into Khilji, Ratan Singh. See pics

While Ranveer Singh essays the role of invader Alauddin Khilji, Shahid Kapoor plays Rajput king Maharawal Ratan Singh in Padmaavat.

Padmavati Row Updated: Jan 31, 2018 14:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Padmaavat,Ranveer Singh,Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh underwent major transformations to play Maharawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji respectively in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, who play the male leads in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, underwent major transformations for their respective roles. While Ranveer essays the role of invader Alauddin Khilji, Shahid plays Rajput king Maharawal Ratan Singh in the film.

Made at an estimated budget of Rs 180 crore, the film that stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, flaunts grand canvas and frames. Apart from the royal sets, even the characters had to find their place in the era and culture of the story’s milieu. While Ranveer played a barbaric invader, Shahid had to get into the skin of a righteous warrior.

Speaking about the difficulties and troubles he went through for the role, Ranveer had earlier said, “My brain had turned into mush, my body had turned into pulp, I had no feeling in my muscles. I kept pushing but physically, I was breaking. But when you have your back against the wall, you need to keep digging deeper.”

Browse through for a few photos of Ranveer’s transformation:

“I try to be as honest to my craft as I can possibly be. The dark person that Khilji was, I had to become that from the inside. I had to feel all those things and that can be unhealthy. The shooting process was non-stop. I would put on the make-up for two hours and shoot for 12-14 hours straight and repeat it the next day. I lost touch with myself. I realised that something was wrong. I had become uneasy, unstable. So I first confided in my mother and my best friend. They started spending time with me after the shoot. They brought me back to myself. I was lucky to have that kind of support,” he further said.

Talking about his role, Shahid told Hindustan Times, “When I said yes to Padmaavat, I felt like an underdog for the first time because I knew that out of the three roles, mine – though it was a good part – was the least author-backed. I remember when I met Sanjay sir, he told me, ‘Shahid, I can’t do this film if you say no to it because I need all the three characters to be of a certain type. If you don’t do this, I don’t know how I will make this film because I need the love story to work and I need a hero in the film as I have a very strong anti-hero.’ I told him, ‘sir, I am at a certain stage in my career, so, do you feel I should do this film?’ He said, ‘I wouldn’t have come to you had I not believed (that you should do this film)’. I instantly said yes, and didn’t even hear the script.”

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First Published: Jan 31, 2018 13:56 IST