A lot of names were linked to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani before it went to Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. Even Shah Rukh Khan was one of the prospective Bajiraos, before he declined the offer. During an interview with Rajeev Masand for Jab Harry Met Sejal, he reminisced the time when he was asked to play the Maratha warrior and his reaction to the same. Well, he was supposed to go bald, which he didn't mind. But there was a catch. And a very funny one.
He stated, "Some really well meaning director, whom I have not worked with, I met him at a party and he said, "Tu bata na yaar. Kuch soch." I don't want to think. The only way I can be versatile is that you think and put me in it. Whether you believe I can do it or not or can you push me to do it? Come and tell me, do this and I'll do it. That's how it happens. I could do an Om Shanti Om. Adi came to me and said, "Tu daadi rakh le yaar." In my life I had never grown a beard before Chak De! India. I have no issues like that. To me it's not that I sit down on a character and say look and all. You tell me what you want me to do. Like Bhansali told me, "You have to go bald". I'll go. But not three day before (laughs). I have a shampoo ad (both laugh)."
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Earlier in the interview, he confronted how Bhansali would always come to him two or three days before shooting the film and offer him one! Khan said, "Sanjay has this really bad habit of coming to cast me in a film, three days before he's shooting. Even the last conversation we had, before he went for Padmavati shoot, he came home, we were chatting. And I said you please tell me now. Don't tell me the film also. My love for working with Bhansali has been for so long that you don't tell me the film, you tell me the month and then 10 days before the date, you come and say 10 days. He did tell me he has got a few subjects which we didn't come down to because he has been awfully busy with Padmavati. It's time I did a film with him. I am evolved enough now to be in a Bhansali film." We wonder if it's just with him or does SLB do the same with the other actors he approaches for his movies.
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When questioned about why he hasn't been able to do an epic period drama with SLB, SRK gave an honest answer as he said, "I am a little wary of getting into historical personally. Because it means I just have to do this. I would think that if I have to do this, I need to give up everything. Not that I need to be in Akbar zone or Bajirao zone. But I just need to. The costumes, the horse riding, it's a different world. It is one genre of filmmaking where I know I'll have to give up things, not just another film. The others I can pull off with a gap of one month. See, I finished Jab Harry Met Sejal and a month later I'm into this Aanand's film. It's just that I want to finish off with it and live with it a little."
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