Even as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat inches closer to Rs 150 crore at the box office, Ranveer Singh – who plays Alauddin Khilji – received his ‘first award’ for the film, a hand-written note from Big B.
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who is being widely praised for his portrayal of invader Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, is elated to have received a letter of appreciation from superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
Ranveer posted a picture of the flowers and letter sent by Amitabh and wrote, “Mujhe mera award mil gaya @SrBachchan.” The actor has been applauded by critics and fans alike for his portrayal of the Delhi sultan.Ranveer is a huge fan of the star and has often confessed his love and respect for Bachchan. Amitabh, on the other hand, sends across personal notes of appreciation to actors when he is impressed with their work. In the past, he has sent notes to Kangana Ranaut for Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), Sushant Singh Rajput for MS Dhoni The Untold Story and Deepika Padukone for Ram Leela Goliyon Ki Raasleela.
Talking about his role of Khilji, Ranveer had earlier told IANS, “I will be honest — when I was offered Padmaavat, most people were of the opinion that a hero should not play the anti-hero.But I believed otherwise. I saw Khilji as a challenge for me, as an actor. And I wanted to take the challenge up. I went with the vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and my instinct of what I could achieve with Khilji.”
I’m happy that the audiences are seeing and loving a character that both Sanjay sir and I have worked on tirelessly for over two years to bring to life. I took a big risk with this character and it’s wonderful to see my gamble pay off. This kind of validation gives one the confidence to take bigger and bigger risks, challenge stereotypes and continue to push the envelope in the realm of mainstream Hindi cinema. I feel very happy and very fulfilled today,” he added.
Talking about his preparation for the role, Ranveer told Hindustan Times, “I took 21 days and locked myself up in my Goregaon house. I was completely isolated. I kind of isolated myself, marinated into the character because I can’t relate to Alaudin Khilji, I can’t relate to that level of manipulation, greed and ambition. I had to tap into dark experiences but his world view is not something I can relate to also.”