Ranveer Singh, the man who redefines acting. Ranveer is being widely appreciated for his brilliant and mind boggling performance in his latest release, Padmaavat. The movie released on 25th January after crossing all the hurdles on it’s way and since then there is a storm of appreciation on Social Media for Ranveer Singh. Everyone loved the way he has portrayed the role of Sultan Allauddin Khilji.
Although, the movie from it’s very beginning faced a lot of criticism and protests. The movie was banned in several parts of the country. Ranveer Singh, who is one of the leading actor in the movie has now opened up on this matter in an interview. Here’s what he said:
“There was a lot of anxiety surrounding the shooting. Whatever untoward incident happened, it made me very, very angry. Ever since the first incident on the sets… I was raging from inside. But I chose not to act out in a destructive way. I channeled it and used it constructively. I put it into my performance.”
The controversial movie was declared a blockbuster hit, the audience was showering love on the movie and the actors. Like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and other actors, Ranveer Singh too more than happiness feels a sigh of relief!
Because of the delays and protests, the heavy drama costume movie was shot in 40-day straight. Ranveer Singh said:
“Apart from what was happening, the actual shooting process was difficult due to the delays. I was shooting for more than 40 days straight, which is unheard of in a costume drama, especially on a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. It is draining at every level, physically mentally, emotionally.”
Padmaavat was Ranveer Singh’s third collaboration with the director Sanjay Leela Bhasnsali. Before, Padmaavat, Ranveer Singh has done Bajirao Mastani and Ram-Leela with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But as compared to Padmaavat, in his previous collaboration with the director, there would be a break after every six to eight weeks,so that the actors and crew could start afresh. He 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. It was the angst that kept me going.”
While working himself on Sultan Allaudin Khilji, a negative character took its troll on Ranveer Singh, the darkness and the negativity of the character started ti creep up on him. He said:
“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.”
The movie was stalled by Rajput royals and Karni Sena. From violent protests, to burning vehicles to stopping people from watching the movie to threats, the movie faced a lot of controversies. Here’s what Ranveer Singh said about his character:
“As an actor, I need to be honest with the script. I used the script as my textbook. For the most part, I take my cues from what is written. The character that Mr Bhansali and Prakash Kapadia created, I tried to do the best I could with it.”
“In fact, I wanted to make Khilji darker and even more of an extremist. Mr Bhansali really moulded me this time. In ‘Bajirao’, he allowed me to interpret but this time he was hands-on. I built on what was written and how he directed me.”
If these controversies weren’t enough, Swara Bhaskar wrote an open letter to the director of the movie, the letter went viral on social media (for no good reasons). When asked about the letter, Ranveer Singh said:
“I got a message from Swara just yesterday. She loved my performance in the film. So…”
When asked about what he felt like, while working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the third time, he said:
“I feel like I am walking on clouds. There were enough people who were advising me to be careful. It is scary to take on a part like this. It is such a big risk that it can be your undoing. But I went with Mr Bhansali’s conviction and gave my whole and soul to this part. I am just relieved that my risk has paid such dividends.”
For those who aren’t aware, there is a running joke between Ranveer Singh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where he calls Bhansali (Martin) Scorsese to his (Robert) De Niro.
“It is all in jest, we are not actually comparing, but we joke about it. He is quite brutal when I am not getting a scene right and equally effusive with praise when I get it right. I have been his leading man in three back-to-back films. It is a big deal and like a major acquisition. He is very special and dear to me.”
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