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Padmavati: Shahid Kapoor’s bloodied Maharawal Ratan Singh is perfect foil to Deepika’s queen

Shahid Kapoor’s first look from Padmavati is out and he plays a bloodied but unbent king. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

bollywood Updated: Sep 26, 2017 09:44 IST
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Shahid Kapoor’s Padmavati look is out and he is not a royal adorned by jewels but a king in the middle of a war.
Shahid Kapoor’s Padmavati look is out and he is not a royal adorned by jewels but a king in the middle of a war.

A week after Deepika Padukone stunned one and all with her royal look from Padmavati, the makers of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film have released the first look of Shahid Kapoor. Shahid plays Deepika’s onscreen husband, MahaRawal Ratan Singh in Padmavati and the king of Chittor.

Shahid flaunts a heavily bearded look in the poster with jewellery adding to his royal and intense look. What one can’t miss is the prominent battle scar and the look which says this king is in the midst of a battle. He may look bloodied but he is definitely unbowed. Sharing the posters, Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid wrote, “saahas, samarthya aur samman ka prateek”.

Earlier, Shahid had revealed what went into making his character of the ‘Maharawal’ a reality, “When you are playing a king, you need to have a certain personality. At that time, the people used to not be very skinny and lean, so you need to have a manly personality. Basically for that, and to carry those outfits also, Sanjay sir (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) wanted me to be a little muscular and a little full. But I will be gaining weight in terms of muscle and not in terms of fat. This is because I am playing the character of a warrior. The Rajput kings had very strong personalities.”

Last Monday, Deepika’s posters of Padmavati were released. She wore a red royal dress and heavy Rajasthani jewellery. It is hard to miss Deepika’s unibrow, something that soon led to much Twitter discussion.

Deepika essays the titular role of Rani Padmavati while Shahid plays her husband, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh in the film. Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji in the ambitious period drama.

Padmavati is jointly produced by Bhansali Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Deepika and Ranveer have earlier worked together with Bhansali in Bajirao Mastani (2015).

The applause for Padmavati and Shahid’s look started flowing in almost immediately. Alia Bhatt, Shahid’s Shaandaar co-star, was among the first to react.

The film is slated to hit theatres on December 1.

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