Padmaavat has turned a lot of heads for the chemistry of the actors in the movie and the film dynamics it carries. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s affection for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is well known to all. The filmmaker has directed Ranveer and Deepika in two films, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, before Padmaavat, and shares an excellent dynamic with them. It was this coziness and solidarity that made the third actor of Padmaavat, Shahid Kapoor, feel like an outsider.

In an interview with a daily media, Shahid revealed his feelings stating, “I’m used to being the favorite of all my filmmakers. This was the first time that I was like an outsider. When you work with a team that has worked together, you are kind of an outsider and it takes time for you to break through that barrier.” The actor, who plays Maharawal Ratan Singh in Padmaavat, added that he eventually had an “amazing time” and enjoyed being pushed to the limit by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The actor further added, “The best thing about Sanjay sir is that he is ruthless in his creative desire. He is extremely intuitive towards artists and his craft. And he doesn’t care whether it is 4 am or midnight, or whether it is 82 days or 100 days or what the cost of one day’s shooting is or if someone is emotionally spent.”

It seems like Shahid Kapoor is benching his part and feels like the importance of his character is being reduced to a certain extent. Do you all think the same?

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Joydev Mishra


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