Padmavati has turned out to be the most controversial film in recent times. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film has come under intense heat after fringe groups claim there is a distortion of history as far as legendary queen Padmavati is concerned. The cast, crew and fans have been left waiting indefinitely after the film was moved from its scheduled December 1 date. The film features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh. In a recent interview with the GQ India’s December issue, Shahid Kapoor opens up about the stress he was going through during the shoot - being the warrior king Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmini's husband.
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The actor is quoted as saying, “The most difficult part was that he is the least known among the three characters. There are several gaps in our knowledge, and it was up to me to fill them appropriately. It was important to understand what type of king I was playing – we’ve had great kings, we’ve had terrible kings, we’ve had blunderers, kings who’ve become saints. Ratan Singh was a warrior king who falls in love with this exceptionally beautiful woman. They get married and are very happy together when another man (Alauddin Khilji) enters the picture. It’s a story about a husband and wife, but also a king and a Queen. ”
Further adding to that, Shahid hoped that audiences do appreciate his work like before. Affirming that cinema is a powerful medium of inspiration, Shahid stated, “Sometimes cinema has the power to make us aspire to be something better. Of course, there’s a lot of value in playing something that’s real; I’m coming from ‘Udta Punjab’, where I played a coked-out, crazy pop star – not at all the kind of guy you would want to be, not even the kind of guy you would want to be in a room with.”
And he added, “With him, I wondered how to get people to understand someone so off-the-hook, this free radical jumping all over the place. But people got him. I hope they get Rawal Ratan Singh as well. He’s extremely powerful, but always steady in all kinds of high-pressure situations. I’ve always admired people who can do that. We’re living in a time where we need to be inspired by characters who make us want to be better because there’s a lot happening in the world.”
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's attempt to bring alive the story of Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie Padmavati hasn't gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP. But for now, Shahid (and the movie buffs across the country) are awaiting the new release date to this magnum opus.