Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat saw the light of the day on January 25 and has recorded bumper box office collections from the first day of its release. After facing the ire of fringe groups for more than a year now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat finally released in the cinemas last week and has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark already. Shahid Kapoor, who played Maharawal Ratan Singh, Rani Padmavati’s husband in the film, believes playing the character was the biggest risk of his career as people did not know much about the character’s journey but he is glad that “the hero” of Padmaavat is rightfully getting his due.
The 36-year-old actor said there were many people who questioned him for taking up the role, as Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Sultan Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) were already popular. “It was one of the biggest risks of my career to take a role like this where for one-and-a-half years nobody knew what it is… So many people had told me why are you doing this film. I knew my character is an underdog in the film, I’m happy that the hero of the film is getting so much love.
“Out of the three characters, people know a lot about Padmavati, about Alauddin Khilji, but nobody knows about Rawal Ratan Singh. Now you know his journey was also so spectacular,”
Shahid said in a group interview. The actor said he felt “validated” with the praise that the film, which released after delays and controversies, has received. “Everyone is talking about it being the top grosser but it’s a great film. We have come a long way, journey of a year and a half… There was a point we were wondering will it be able to release properly. It’s been a turbulent and emotionally draining journey. “… I feel validated that the film has come out and people have said so many beautiful things about it,” Shahid said.
When asked why he decided to take the role, he replied, “There are some films that are very close to your heart and then there are some films which you have to experience with other people. I did this character of Ratan Singh for people because I wanted people to know more about him, about his valour and his sacrifices.”
While critics and viewers are all praises for the historic drama which is being lauded in the overseas market too, actress Swara Bhasker slammed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the ‘glorification’ of Sati and Jauhar in his recently-released epic period drama. The actress, in an open letter, said that the film reduces women to “talking about vaginas.” Shahid was asked his opinion on the same when he said, “I haven’t read it yet. We have been busy with other things, but I think this isn’t the right time. ‘Padmaavat’ is representing the film industry and it’s freedom of expression.”