The Band Bajaa Baraat actor was the obvious choice for the role of Alauddin Khilji but now Bhansali has approached Hrithik Roshan
Last week, Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave a narration to Hrithik Roshan to play the character of Alauddin Khilji, in his grand historical Padmavati. Ranveer Singh, who has acted with the director in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani was the obvious choice for the role. Also because Khilji’s character gets obsessed with Padmavati, and with Deepika Padukone playing Rani Padmavati, it was a perfect marriage.
Says an insider, “Ranveer made the grave mistake of asking Bhansali for a narration. The director feels that the actor owes him his success, and is not in the position to question his judgement. Like Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t ask for a narration from Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra, and Salman with Sooraj Barjatya, SLB felt that the actor should have come on board without hearing the script.” When Ranveer asked him for the script, Bhansali declined and began approaching other actors for the role. He went to SRK, (who can’t give him the 200 days he wants for the shoot) and then he went and gave a narration to Hrithik in the hope of getting him on board to teach Ranveer a lesson.
The insider adds, “Sanjay’s ego is hurt and he is just sulking. I am sure he will come around and make the film with Ranveer eventually.” Meanwhile, SLB is hoping that Ranveer gets wind of the fact that he is looking around to replace him, and come running back. However, that isn’t about to happen. Ranveer is at the top of his game, and has no dearth of filmmakers wanting to work with him. He knows that he is far ahead of all his contemporaries and he has Aditya Chopra, Rohit Shetty and even Karan Johar in his corner. He is not about to go running back to SLB. Ranveer has in stead, taken off for a holiday with his friends to Switzerland.”
With both Bhansali and Ranveer refusing to budge from their stand, this stalemate continues. Maybe, leading lady Deepika will intervene and make her beau and director patch-up.
The source adds, “It will be interesting to see if Deepika remains in the film, while she is professional and doesn’t interfere in the casting of the film, Ranveer was ‘ousted’ for making a reasonable request, and as a girlfriend she has to support that.” This matter will only get sorted once Ranveer returns.
Meanwhile, Hrithik and Bhansali who have worked together in Guzaarish (2016) are on good terms. Interestingly, Bhansali was keen to cast Hrithik (before he approached Ranveer) in Bajirao Mastani too, but it didn’t work out.
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