Being a perfectionist in your on screen role doesn’t come cheap and more often than not, it can take a toll on your health and thought process. Ranveer Singh, who is known for his unwavering commitment and ability to completely delve into his character, took his preparation to play Alauddin Khilji, a menacing, cruel anti-hero in Sanjay Bhansali’s’ Padmavati to a scary new level altogether and it has taken its toll on the actor.
Ranveer often puts himself through pain and difficulties to experience emotions that a character undergoes and he did the same for portraying Alauddin Khilji, an epitome of negativity and ruthlessness. A report in Dainik Bhaskar confirms,
“Ranveer actually has his friends worried. To play Alauddin Khilji, he has been researching and exploring extreme negativity. He is a friendly, warm young man, like all of us. To become Khilji, he took the same route as he did to play Peshwa Bajirao. He locked himself up in his apartment, prepped and stayed in the headspace for weeks. Getting out of this dark, intimidating mindset wasn’t easy for him.”
The source further adds, “The film has also been shot for almost a year now, so sustaining the Khilji persona was very challenging. It affected his reactions and behavior towards people. Which is why, his friends advised him to get help in emerging beyond Khilji. He is going to a psychiatrist to get rid of the Khilji influences.”
Filming Padmavatias Alauddin Khilji has also reportedly resulted in Ranveer experiencing behavioural changes off the sets. He would walk in his costume and overcome by a feisty mood and dark persona, ensuring that no one comes close to him or makes conversation.
“Once he gets into his Khilji look in costume and make-up and is ready to go on set, people almost stay away from him unless needed and things quieten down as he is so compelling in his character when he slips into the skin of Alauddin Khilji. It’s not easy, becoming so intense every day,” said one of the sources.