Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh is known to really get into his characters. Currently, he is busy in shooting of his upcoming film ‘Padmavati’. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
In the upcoming period drama Padmavati, the actor is playing a menacing, cruel anti-hero Alauddin Khilji. To effectively represent all the nuances of this complex character, Ranveer is been putting lot of efforts.
We have now come to know that while preparing for this role, Ranveer took the same route as he did to play Peshwa Bajirao. He locked himself up in his apartment, prepped and stayed in the headspace for weeks.
“Getting out of this dark, intimidating mindset wasn’t easy for him. The film has also been shot for almost a year now, so sustaining the Khilji persona was very challenging. It affected his reactions and behaviour towards people. Which is why his friends advised him to get help in emerging beyond Khilji. He is going to a psychiatrist to get rid of the Khilji influences.” said a source close to the actor.
Turns out, to play Alauddin Khilji, a menacing, cruel anti-hero in Sanjay Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, Ranveer explored such hidden depths of negativity that he has actually had to see a psychiatrist to get back to ‘normal’.
Well, this is not the first time that he has gone this extreme to experience the emotions of the characters of his films. While shooting for another period drama Bajirao Mastani, Ranveer had locked himself for weeks to experience the emotions of Peshwa Bajirao in the films. After this fell ill in real on the set of the film.
Ranveer had actually blacked out on the film’ sets during the third act (where Bajirao experiences a fatal illness), which saps away his strength, leaving his director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the entire film’s unit anxious. Witnesses from the set say that his eyes had rolled back, and his veins seemed to be popping out. He had a fit of sorts, which had made the film’s unit so worried that they rushed him to the home of local political dignitary and called for medical help. Three hours later, when Ranveer woke up, he had no memory of all that had happened; he had built such a deep connect with Peshwa Bajirao’s suffering that the trauma actually had an adverse physical reaction on him.
We hope that the actor unwinds from Khilji’s character soon.