Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Zafar were approached, but no one wanted to play second fiddle to Ranveer.
The Rani of Chittor has found her Raja, Rawal Ratan Singh and this search for the male lead of Padmavati has ended with Fawad Khan. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finalised the Pakistani actor to star as Deepika Padukone’s screen husband in his period epic, Padmavati. Fawad was in Mumbai for the past couple of weeks, finalising the deal.
Says a source, “Bhansali wants 200 days from all his lead actors, including Ranveer Singh (plays Alauddin Khilji) and Deepika (Padmavati). Fawad has those days to spare. In between, he has Karan Johar’s production, but it should not be a problem as KJo and Bhansali share a good equation. So they will work it out. It’s too big an offer for Fawad to pass up.
FK and DP walked the ramp on Wednesday as Manish Malhotra’s showstoppers and their chemistry was noticed. Fawad has played a Rajput prince before in Khoobsurat and was liked in the part. In that movie, he wooed DP’s rival, Sonam Kapoor.
The source adds that Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Zafar were approached, but no one wanted to play second fiddle to Ranveer. This is a step up for Fawad, who gets to work with SLB and a top actress.
Padmavati, based on the life of the Rani of Chittor in Rajasthan, is all about the queen and Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s (Ranveer Singh) obsession with her. The trouble is, that although the character of Padmavati’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh is an important one, he is perceived as a weak character as he is always outsmarted by the Sultan. So, no top actor is willing to take it up. Says a source, “Since Ranveer is playing the Sultan, the role of Rawal Singh also has to be of his takkar. Otherwise, the story won’t work.” Sanjay starts shooting for the historical this September.
According to an insider, “The first schedule is with Deepika and her husband’s character. The scenes between Deepika and Ranveer are being shot separately as they never meet in the film. Initially, a TV actor was to be signed, but Deepika put her foot down. A random actor from television won’t do for her. While she has no scenes with Ranveer, she shares some intense romantic and lovemaking scenes with her husband, so she wants a big star as her hero.”
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