Shahid Kapoor on playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat: Ranveer Singh and I are very different actors

Shahid Kapoor's Padmaavat finally hit the screens on January 25, this year, after being embroiled in controversies for over a year. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.
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Shahid Kapoor's Padmaavat finally hit the screens on January 25, this year, after being embroiled in controversies for over a year. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.
 
In Padmaavat, Shahid essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh. His character is determined, fierce, and stands tall in the film. The actor has taken a lot of efforts to get into the skin of the character.
 
In an interview with a leading daily, he was asked did he ever feel like playing the role of Alauddin Khilji that Ranveer played in the film. To this, Shahid 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 continued, "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."
 
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He knew what he was getting into. Enough excuses Shahid.

i must say this whole 'insecurity' fiasco has made me appreciate Ranbir Kapoor sooo much...poor guy is constantly compared to Ranveer but whether he likes him or not, he takes the comparisons very very graciously. credit where it's due.

he probably got paid well to do the role but has risked being sidelined

I think shahid played haider and udta punjab well and he can do eccentric successfully

he played the restrained malik in rangoon even better

The success of this film is the slb/deepveer magic. Without any one of these it would not be as successful. Deepika was too good, i did buy the chemistry but damn was ratan’s character so unlikeable for a good guy. Shahid’s arrogance and controlling come through In his acting

It’s one thing to think Ranveer has performed better, another thing to bash other actor whose role was totally opposite. The performance was so subtle & nuanced that only a good actor can pull it off. All this hoopla about Ranveer is just overhyped. People should learn to appreciate performances based on characters & not how loud it is. There is really no need for hate. Shahid is a good actor & he has done his job with sincerity. He should be appreciated to have taken up a role like this if anything. People are filled with hate!

It doesn't matter who acted how, movie picked momentum and got good wom only because of Ranveers performance, no one can un do it, not even
The overdrive PR of shahid.Everyone who watched the movie see and knows what it is, who is he going to fool??

You must be living under a rock. Shahid is the one who is bashing his co-actors acting. Ranveer has never said anything bad about his acting. Even through all the digs shahid has taken at him through his passive agressive tweets before the film released and after the release all the shades he is throwing at Ranveer's acting left, right, centre in interviews Ranveer has maintained a dignified silence. People are bashing Shahid because of his insecure, petty, catty behaviour. .

Shahid is the one who is bashing his co-actors acting. Ranveer has never said anything bad about his acting. Even through all the digs shahid is took at him through his passive agressive tweets before the film released and after the release all the shades he is throwing at Ranveer's acting left, right, centre Ranveer has maintained a dignified silence. People are bashing Shahid because of his insecure, petty, catty behaviour not because he is a bad actor.

Shahid has not said anything critical of Ranveer. He was asked about playing Khilji and I think gave a great response.

Wow! This guys knows how to hold a grudge! What Ranveer said on KwK was ages ago (2012 I think) and yet he nurses his wounds and brings it up. Shahid, you're a fine actor. You proved it with Haider, Kaminey, Udta. You don't need to sulk about other actors if people are recognizing their good work. Be a better man and give credit when and where its due.

I was thinking this exact same thing. Why is he bringing up some random episode of KWK from years ago? It shows his insecurity actually, Shahid did a fine job in this movie, others might compare their performances, yet Shahid himself doing it seems like it shows it’s in his OWN mind, seems petty.

Also did you see KWK when Shahid says “I don’t agree with him, I don’t think he could do Kaminey better than me” well....

I have to ageee with Shahid, yes the actors do their job BUT it’s all thanks to SLB. He controls everything and he does it well. Any actor can play in a SLB movies and will still look good.

To me, Shahid stood out as Rawal. Ranveer was ok, but a king of that stature to be dressed and acting like that was a stretch. I wish they showed more of Chittorgarh story and not keep breaking it so much. The Kafur story was shown too much but without impact.

Ranveer is awesome! Period!

It’s not about how many years they’re doing movies, Ranveer is way better than Shahid without an doubt. I’m not Ranveer fans, but when it comes to acting Ranveer is better. Shahid needs to calm down, first he was attacking Kangana now he’s on Ranveer. Shahid needs to be bit professional with his work, what’s he’s doing and saying lately shows nothing but lack of professionalism

Shahid might have done it differently, but Ranveer did really well. You can tell he was the character by looking into his eyes. There was not a hint of kindness or decency or love in them. He looked and behaved like an absolute brute without ethics and was very very convincing. He was the best part of the movie for sure. It was extremely hard for me to watch that jauhar scene. Even in 11th century wasn't there a better ( if it can even be called that) way to do what they did? Like something quick and less painful?

First of all, the movie should've been called Khilji! Its a Ranveer show......He had some really good moments, but unfortunately, for me, his character was all over the place! There would've been a bit more consistency. Deepika looked ethereal and did a decent job, but I was expecting her role to be much more nuanced and layered. She owns the last scene. Shahid was decent as well. His wardrobe was amazing! Didn't care for the movie! Much ado about nothing :/

Ranveer Plesaseeeeeeee do Arjun Reddy, it doesn’t require you to act like alcoholic, it’s just the attitude that defines that character strongly and differently..

Someone convince him , PLEASE

Even I wish he will do the role. RS fans please convey the message to him that people want him to do the role through your social media platforms.

Ranveer can do Kaminey better, I agree and request Vishal to come up with Kaminey sequel with RS and give a tight slap to Bach’s hero and his fans.

People who are criticising Ranveer as ott or comical, that’s how the character worked. He played to GALLERY not to impress certain acting critics, and that’s how commercial cinema works and pulls BO numbers.Peole who are disappointed with not much of romantic angle, if it was there more , movie would have tanked especially with that pale looking king. addition of kalibali is also fully justified even thou it was needed because crowd love those kind of dances.Director is not mad, he knows what to put and whom to project on high scale .

hand on my heart- i have nothing against Shahid and i am not a RS stan but Shahid has been unbearable towards his co-actors since Rangoon...even with Dijeet. That is just a fact and this outpouring of revulsion is towards his shade throwing. Be objective and you will see it..no one is being unfair

Please Stop posting Shahid Kapoor articles for 1 year. This is seriously getting repetitive and unbearable.

I have no idea why people are hating Shahid for being brutally honest?? In my opinion Khilji was funny and not at all evil! The indian audience's standard of acting is too low! This Ranveer guy is super over-rated. His elaborate interviews on how hard it was, his prep for the role, yada yada was a bit much of blowing his own trumpet. And SLB on the other hand says he hates people who lock themselves in a room and try hard to get into a character!
If not for SLB, Ranveer is not a big deal! All his other movies are mostly flops!!!

You are right, but RS fans think he's Heath Ledger ..lol. the character didn't make sense to me, it was like Kal Drogo as a King. If someone like Irfan had played it, he would have given us goosebumps just from his evil eyes.

If SLB hates people who lock themselves in a room why on earth did he repeat Ranveer thrice and gave him Khilji? Ah Shahid fans dumb logic.

What rubbish are you talking about.Shahid pr stop spreading lies.
SLB had worked with Ranveer twice before and he knows how he prepare for his roles. Even for Bajirao Ranveer locked himself in a hotel room to get in to character. If SLB hated him so much he would not casted again for Padmaavat. In SLB's interview he said he LOVE RANVEER and no other actor knows how to direct him best. And he is still not done with him and will WORK with him AGAIN. He only mentioned Ranveer's downside is he prepare too much instead he wanted him to be more effortless. Does that sound like something someone who hates will say. One thing is for certain SLB will never work with Shahid because in his imterview he said he will work work DP and RS again but never mentioned he wanted to work with Shahid.

Khilji is funny because they made the character with different layers..and People are loving it because it’s funny.

Because of his looks Shahid has limitations. He cant play king or any physically strong roles. But he can play boy next door type easily. Among older actors he is only one who suits with alia or younger actresses

Shahid don’t be defensive, you did a good job. He did what his role required him to do . I may be the minority here, but I didn’t find Khilji intimidating. On the contrary I found him very funny and stupid and unnecessary love lorn . Asking Amir Khusro to write love poem on his behalf for padmavati ? Which stupid person does that . Shahid was decent in the movie as per his role

Forget Khilji. You should have played your own role(Ratan) differently.

people watched the film for slb and dp. rs is good,not grat, but people respond to anything new. i think shahid would have been an amazing khiliji

The above picture speaks for itself. On the left, you see Khilji only....no trace of Ranveer but on the right, you see Shahid Kapur dressed up for a play.

I think he will look more handsome n fair thats it...

He lost that good looking stage long long ago

This must be tenth article,where he is trying to project as he did film knowing well,who is going to get all the attention..stop crying Shahid,you were even given third spot on credits,if SLB really cared for u,would have at least thought about your seniority

I watched the movie yesterday and Ranveer is wayy tooo overrated for his performance releasing articles about how he locked himself up for months. There was nothing out of the world about his performance!!! SRK's character in Darr and Anjaam was way tooo scary and layered to me than that of Ranveer in this movie.
Not saying he was bad but the way media has been manipulated by Ranveer's PR baffles me. All of them did a fabulous job and Shahid's and DP's chemistry was mindblowing.
I am not a regular Bollywood movie watcher but to say this movie was bad or Ranveer was better than the rest clearly comes from lot of biasn from the fans!
PS. I am no Shahid or Ranveer fan but bashing Shahid on the basis of click bait headlines like these without watching the movie is despicable.

is he seriously trying to blame his flat performance and bad chemistry with deepika on sanjay leela bhansali? ranveer spent weeks alone preparing for this role. sanjay wasnt involved in that. ranveer improvised many things during his performance. and when ranveer says he put his heart and soul into alauddin khilji it makes sense because it shows. the director can build a character and flesh him out but the actor gives him life. shahid has only been giving excuse after excuse since the film released. he was a young father, he was newly married, he had just finished udta punjab, his character was not 'author-backed', he underplayed the character on purpose because thats how the director wanted it. never ending excuses.

ranveer is looking amazing his precense in the movie he makes me aaahh and love him in binte dil

I'm so over this one-sided drama/fight Shahid is trying to create. I bet he is throwing all this shades to rile Ranveer so that he would say something about Shahid in retaliation. (Just like he did with Kangy who took the bait and slammed him back) That is never gonna happen Shahid because unlike you Ranveer is secure enough to let his acting/work do all the talking. .

I watched Padmavati today and i must say in all honesty mr bhansali's focus was mainly on ranveer's character. Shahid looked under utilised and almost told to restrain his capabilities. I am no fan of Deepika but she did fantastic in her last scene but was again under utilised and was meant to only fan her husband's food and tie his turban. if mr bhansali would have made equal effort in the story, dialogue and presentation of all three of them then it would have been a hit. With what i say today it was bland and ranveer was overacting.

I'm so over this one-sided drama/fight Shahid is trying to create. I bet he is throwing all this shades to rile Ranveer so that he would say something about Shahid in retaliation. (Just like he did with Kangy who took the bait and slammed him back) That is never gonna happen Shahid because unlike you Ranveer is secure enough to let his acting/work do all the talking. Shahi please stop being obsessed with Ranveer.

SLB is the visionary of the movie, Ranveer was tasked with bringing Khilji to life as per SLB's vision, he did it exceedingly well, in fact sublimely to the point that people can not imagine anyone else in the role. You were tasked with playing Maha Rawal Ratan Singh as per SLB's vision and you didn't excel in that part. As an actor you failed. Let's talk about that, not about how you could have done Khilji better, thousands of actors could have played Maha Rawal Ratan Singh better. Aditi is getting praised, Jim is getting praised, Priyanka was praised in BM, your own step-mother, Supriya Pathak, was praised in Ram Leela. It is not the size of role that matters, it is what a talented actor does with it that counts. Let's just call a spade a spade, Ranveer schooled you in what is called talented acting and in humility as a person.

How old are Ranveer's fans? 10? 12?

They are far more mature than Shahid fans

Calling Kangana. The best person to give it back to this nonsense person and put him in place like she did in Rangoon promos. Shahid doesn't get along with anyone

They've already published this before

Really don't care much for Shahid BUT think he walked into this movie knowingly - like he did with Jab we met. In the minority here ...despite the posturing and being miscast ( lacked the height and presence to match up to the others and the grandeur) he wasn't too bad. This movie was written for RS-DP as they say 'born to essay these roles' ....Shahid and I should both shut up now. Also I am in a mood for a nice Rom Com with RS-DP, anyone listening?

He’s right about one thing SLB is the hero of his films....but even SLB can’t make every film a hit because Guzaarish flopped. It is the combination of SLB, Deepika and Ranveer that people love. It’s like Karan Johar and SRK/Kajol, the movie will be a hit because of the trio. Sorry Shahid but you’re only half right here and please shut up now, you’re getting really annoying. Where is his team? Tell the guy to stop!

Correct - both Guzaarish and Sawaariya flopped very badly. Also, Khamoshi was a good film but also flopped at the box office.

I can say, everyone watched this film because of kilji not for padmaavati.

He actually wishes he was Ranveer but he’s still boring Shahid Kapoor with zero personality.

he was asked about palying khilji to which he said he would have played it differently becuase they are different type of actors... what was wroong with that reply? He would have definitely done it differently. The best perfromances of his career were in negative roles... Kaminey, UP, Haider. He is right.

Ranveer is a class apart and please for god sake shut up already

Thats true, Its SLB's movie without a doubt.

he is right only in 1 aspect that sanjay is the hero of the film

Oh shup up shahid insecure kapoor.You can never do what ranveer has done in the movie.So go and tell this to your wife mira and not here.Not interested

He is obsessed with Ranveer. He wants to be like RS. But cannot. And that’s what is hurting him inside.

Interpertation by him and acting by actors you fool this is director job ... thats why you faied l to impress ... Mastani failed to impress .. Ranveer's Khilji and Bajirao got him applauds.... imagin if you had the role you will ruin it ...

Just please stop talking about Ranveer and Khilji. You played Ratan Singh remember? He's sounding like obsessed, scorned ex-lover.

what's worse than over-hyping his own performance? desperately downplaying ranveer's. utterly pathetic.

Yes there is a difference, Ranveer can act-very well. You can't. Ranveeer saved this movie. People were looking at their phones when you came on

Dude talk about your role.
Oh wait there's nothing to talk about.

Decoding Mr.Secure Kapoor 's words - Ranveer can't take credit in this film and the film is successful not because of him.

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