- "Sword fighting is a very defined skill," said Shahid
- "We've done it in a very raw manner," he added
- "I lost four kilos in five days," he said
Deepika Padukone stars as the protagonist in Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor features as Rawal Ratan Singh, Rani Padmini's husband. The trailer of Padmavati already hints at massive battle sequences between Rawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji, who is played by Ranveer Singh. Shahid said the armour would weigh something between 30-40 kilos and that's how, his words: "I lost four kilos in five days."
"I don't find physical challenges as challenging as I find understating the psyche of the character that you are meant to play and be true to him and be able to find all the layers in him," said Shahid, who elaborated that there's not much research material on Rawal Ratan Singh for him to draw inspiration from. "I had to draw from my instinct and from what Sanjay sir had conceived in the script," he added.
Padmavati was initially scheduled for December 1 but was delayed after the Central Board Of Film Certification rejected its application for clearance as "incomplete." Padmavati has also been at the centre of a controversy after Rajput outfit Karni Sena objected to an alleged romantic sequence between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini. According to legend, Rani Padmini actually committed jauhar along with 100 other Rajput women to escape Khilji.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, there is no official word on when Padmavati will release.