Ever since Shahid Kapoor signed Padmavati there have been speculations galore about what prompted the actor to do a film that has an actress — Deepika Padukone — in a title role and Ranveer Singh playing the antagonist for the film. Apart from that, the story is about Allaudin Khilji’s obsession with the queen of Mewar. Shahid is essaying Deepika’s husband Raja Ratan Singh, the king who couldn’t win against Khilji, and Padmavati ended up committing jauhar (self-immolation).
An industry insider deconstructs the reasons why the actor is part of the period film..
“Doing a film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is on every actor’s wishlist. His unique style of filmmaking, the kind of movies he makes, the grandeur and scale of his cinema is something that every actor wants to experience, and be part of, at least once. From Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan to Ranveer Singh, almost every top actor has worked with the maverick filmmaker just to be a part of his school of filmmaking. It’s but natural that Shahid would want to have one film with SLB in his career trajectory,” says the source. (ALSO READ: What is Ranveer Singh called on the sets of Padmavati?)
Numero uno actress
Undoubtedly, Deepika is at the top-of-the-game now. Her last few releases have been super duper hits and she has also forayed into Hollywood. She has worked with everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan, and Akshay Kumar to Arjun Kapoor. Amongst the Gen Next actors, there are several like Sidharth Malhotra, who have openly expressed their desire to work with the leggy actress, and Shahid is no different. In an earlier interview to this paper he had said, about working with Dippy, “I have been seeing her do some great work, especially in the last few years. She has really upped her game and she’s at her best right now. She’s probably doing better work than many today. So that’s awesome.” Not to mention, it’s the first time they are sharing screen space, so there’s freshness in the pairing.
Sawaal sau crore ka
Though Shahid has been in the industry for more than a decade, 13 years to be precise, he is yet to get a Rs 100 crore film in his kitty. He has worked with the most talented directors — Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj and Sooraj Barjatya — but he hasn’t got an entry into the Rs 100 crore club. Despite having films like Haider, Jab We Met and Kaminey, which were critically acclaimed and commercial successes, the films didn’t even cross the Rs 70 crore mark. R Rajkumar remains his highest grosser at Rs 64 crores, whereas SLB’s last two directorials, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani were Rs 100 crore hits! Also, most of the actors who have come after Shahid like Arjun Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Sushant Singh Rajput are already part of the elite Rs 100 crore club. Shahid has proved himself to be a versatile actor, all he needs now is to deliver a ton! And he knows that SLB will get him one.