Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has been making headlines with his comments on ‘Padmaavat’. His co-star from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, Ranveer Singh, has finally reacted to Shahid’s remarks.
For the uninitiated, Shahid first said playing Maha Rawal Ratan Singh was the biggest risk of his career as people did not know much about the character's journey. He said he knew his character is an underdog in the film. Shahid later fired another salvo by saying he felt like an outsider on the sets of ‘Padmaavat’. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama, which finally released on January 25 amid violent protests by fringe groups, unites the trio of Bhansali, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone for the third time. Bhansali, Ranveer and Deepika have earlier worked together on ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’, whereas ‘Padmaavat’ is the first time Shahid has collaborated with them.
Reacting to Shahid’s ‘outsider’ remark, Ranveer Singh told an English daily that he did his best to welcome Shahid and did whatever he could do to be a supportive co-actor.
“To be honest, I did my best to welcome him and did whatever I could do to be a supportive co-actor. But I think it's got to do with the genre as well. I think ‘Padmaavat’ is Shahid's first costume drama and a costume drama has its own set of unique challenges which I had faced during Bajirao Mastani and it takes some time to get adapted to it. I think he's reacting to that," Ranveer Singh told DNA.
Meanwhile, ‘Padmaavat’ has entered the Rs 200-crore club. According to film critic Taran Adarsh, the magnum-opus has taken the box-office by storm and has raked in Rs. 212 crore so far.
"Padmaavat", earlier titled "Padmavati", was in the eye of the storm as several Rajput groups and politicians were up in arms against the film over an alleged dream sequence between Khilji and Padmavati, a claim repeatedly denied by the director and the team.
The film was stuck with the censor board for a while and had to miss its December 1 release last year. It arrived in the theatres on January 25, minus the 'i' in the title, and several disclaimers and modifications.