After facing several roadblocks, Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Padmaavat had hit the theaters on 25 January 2018.
After facing several roadblocks, Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Padmaavat had hit the theaters on 25 January 2018. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the pivotal roles, the movie was shrouded in controversy for what many fringe groups claimed distortion of history. Sanjay Leela’s period drama was criticised by various fringe groups, prominently, Karni Sena, who claimed that the movie defamed Rani Padmavati and also included distorted facts. The movie has received appreciation after its release and the role of Shahid and Deepika as Maharwal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati are highly praised.
But what’s interesting to know that Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor were not the first choices of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Then who was?
As reported by Times of India, the role of Shahid Kapoor as Maharwal Ratan Singh was offered to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who had rejected the offer. On contemplation, Bhansali had offered Shah Rukh, the role of Khilji, which is currently imitated by Ranveer Singh in the movie. The actor refused this role as well. Yes, you read it right. You might be thinking why the actor refused these roles. As far as the reports are to be believed, Initially Shah Rukh Khan had rejected the role of Maharwal Ratan Singh because he thought that the movie revolved around Rani Padmavati and Khilji. It seems that the actor knew that the role of Khilji is a controversial one. The time, Shah Rukh was offered the role, he was already criticised by the Shia Muslim community for his movie Raees and the actor thought its not right to jump into another controversy.
But what’s surprising to know is that even Shah Rukh was not Bhansali’s first choice. The director had approached Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai first, who had agreed to work in the movie, but what created a roadblock was the condition Aishwarya had put- The actress didn’t want to share the same screen space with Salman Khan, owing to which Salman refused to work in the movie and Bhansali had to finally drop the idea.
Padmaavat has been embroiled in multiple controversies over the role of Rani Padmavati and Khilji. Yesterday, to oppose the release of the film in Gurugram, the fringe groups had descended onto the roads, torching vehicles, and vandalising public property. After the incident, Section 144 was imposed in Gurugram and Shree Rajput Karni Sena member Suraj Pal Ammu was detained.