Padmaavat is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, we can’t take credit for it : Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat(i) finally released on 25th January after much protest. Recently, while speaking to a leading daily, Kapoor expressed his desire to have played Singh’s Alauddin Khilji, of given the opportunity. He said, “Who wouldn’t want to? Which actor wouldn’t want to play that character? Years ago, I watched Ranveer’s episode of Koffee with Karan where he said, ‘I would have done Kaminey better than Shahid.’ So, every actor has that thought that had I been in the role, I would have done better. I will say, had I been there, I would have done it differently. I don’t want to get into the specifics of it but I think we are very different actors.”

He further added how the film is the vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and none of the leads can say that this is their film. “Nobody can take credit in this film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the hero of every film that he makes. If a character is larger than life, it’s because of the way he has presented it. If a character is subtle and underplayed it’s again because he wanted it to be like that. If a film is doing Rs 300 crore of business, it is because of how he made it, because none of us have that. Nobody can say, ‘The film is successful because of me or it’s good and getting so much of love because of me.’ It’s Sanjay Bhansali first and everyone comes later. Everything in the film is driven by him. So, the interpretation of the characters is also largely governed by him.”

In other news, while Kapoor is gearing up for Batti Gul Meter Chaalu, Singh is working on Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy.

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