‘Padmaavat’: Not Ranveer Singh, but this Khan was first offered the role of Alauddin Khilji

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The year 2018 has been a great one for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. And we are not just talking about their marriage. Last year, both the talented actors left everyone spellbound by their terrific performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’.

The period drama though went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year but it also faced several hurdles prior to its release. Exactly a year back, the film had released and today we came to know a very interesting fact about the film. Well according to a report in India Today, not just Ranveer Singh’s, in fact even the role of Shahid Kapoor was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan. Yes, you read that right.

Shah Rukh Khan Padmaavat
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Shah Rukh was approached for the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji, which was later played by Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor respectively. Reportedly, Shah Rukh turned down the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh as he thought that the entire focus on the film is on Rani Padmini and Khilji.

Interestingly later, he was also offered the part of Alauddin Khilji, which he turned down saying it was too negative for him. Well, it’s not like Shah Rukh has never played a negative role in his career, but he was apprehensive of taking up a negative role after his film ‘Raees’ (in which he played a negative role) failed to live up to everyone’s expectation.

Looks like Ranveer Singh was destined to play the role of  Khilji in ‘Padmaavat’ and we must say he really nailed the character with his mind-blowing performance.

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