Sanjay Leela Bhansali kicks out Ranveer Singh from ‘Padmavati'


Ranveer Singh and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali were at loggerheads. The duo had a showdown when the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actor asked for narration to Bhansali. Miffed with Ranveer’s approach, Bhansali is destined to replace him with an A-lister actor for his next periodic venture, ‘Padmavati’.

“Ranveer made the grave mistake of asking Bhansali for a narration. The director feels that the actor owes him his success, and is not in the position to question his judgement. Like Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t ask for a narration from Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra, and Salman with Sooraj Barjatya, SLB felt that the actor should have come on board without hearing the script,” a source reportedly told a leading daily.

It is heard that Bhansali is planning to rope in Hrithik Roshan to enact the role of Alauddin Khilji in ‘Padmavati’, which was supposed to play by Ranveer. If the superhero says yes then it would be the actor’s third periodic drama after ‘Jodhaa Akhbar’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’.

Another source says Shahid Kapoor’s inclusion made Ranveer to opt out of the film, Reveals a source, “Ranveer’s role in the film is a negative, but powerful one. SLB has given him some superb dialogues and scenes. But the comfort level between the actor and director changed when Shahid Kapoor came on board as the Rana of Mewar, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, who is also Padmavati’s (Deepika Padukone) husband in the film.”

Adds the source, “Shahid agreed once his role became well-defined and he and Ranveer were on an equal footing.” To be fair, Ranveer has every right to ask to see the script when there is another hero in the fi lm. Especially because this is the first time he plays a negative character, which goes against his good boy image, while Shahid plays a dashing Indian Raja. Ranveer’s insecurity stemmed from there, and he asked for a narration before he started shooting for the film.”

Ranveer has also started growing his beard for the look. Adds an insider, “SLB will give him his joint narration with Shahid, if Ranveer so desires, just like he got one for Gunday with Arjun Kapoor. Some of Ranveer’s contemporaries have had bad experiences in two-hero projects, so he is being extra careful. It is better to be safe than sorry.”