No doubt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat has turned out to become a masterpiece. I am sure most of us have still not recovered from the magic that we experienced watching Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmaavti, Ranveer Singh as the fierce Allaudin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Padmavati's husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh. The cast was as perfect as the film. But at one point in time, there were also speculations on how Vicky Kaushal was initially offered Shahid's role in Padmaavat. It was reported that SLB was really keen on having him on board but for some reason, things didn't work out. We finally know why it didn't work out from the man himself - Vicky Kaushal.
Confirming how he was very much approached for Padmaavat, Vicky recalls, "We were in talks, but then certain things fall in place, certain things don't fall in place. For me, you need to try and understand, my first film came out in 2015, a small, humble film like Masaan. And if because of that one film, a director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali calls you to his office and tells you that you are a contender for a part in his next, that in itself means a huge deal for me. There I have got the film, I have lived the character, I got everything with that one call. This is not the end of the world. We'll keep working. He (SLB) will keep making films, I will inshallah keep being a part of films and we will probably cross paths again. So these are all just a part and parcel of the industry that you are in. I absolutely have no regrets. In fact, I feel lucky that I got a call, he even thought of me. He is a director where actors are lined up to just be a part of his films. But out of everyone, the fact he just thought of me in itself is a big deal for me. I feel fortunate that such doors too are opening for me."
Ask Vicky about the role he was offered and he adds, "It was for the Ratan Singh part(played by Shahid Kapoor). But like I said, this is the case with every next film - there are many actors in the running, then they consider other things to fit the role and finally it just falls into one person's kitty. That's how it goes. But I loved Padmaavat." Hopefully, we'll get to see Vicky and Sanjay Leela Bhansali collaborate for a film soon. Your thoughts?
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