Ever since film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali cast Ranveer Singh as the Khilji ruler, Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati, there has been a lot of buzz and anticipation around his character and the actor’s look.
Actors who indulge in method acting often go that extra mile not only to get into character, but also to stay in it. Sample this — the late Heath Ledger didn’t leave his apartment for almost a month and recorded his eerie thoughts in a diary to play the role of The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. While shooting for the film ‘My Left Foot’, Daniel Day Lewis wanted the cast and crew members to feed him during breaks. Reason: He needed to stay in character of a man suffering from cerebral palsy.
In order to get into character and perfect his act, Ranveer went all out and adopted interesting ways to play the role
To start with, Ranveer isolated himself to immerse completely into his character. Ranveer had to undergo an “extremely challenging process” to get into Khilji’s headspace, which was “physically, emotionally and mentally draining. Apart from moving into an apartment close to Filmcity (Goregaon East), where the film was being shot, Ranveer interacted only with Bhansali, his assistant, personal trainer and a few key members of the crew. He also cut off completely from his social interactions and had to put in a lot of effort for the preparation of his intense character by going into isolation
“If that wasn’t enough, Ranveer also read a number of books on various tyrants to understand the psyche of his character. He knew that the only way to portray the character to perfection is by understanding Khilji’s mindset. Besides the emotional aspects, he also worked out for over three hours every day to look bigger, meaner and tougher,” says the insider.
On this Ranveer says, “I put myself under house arrest for almost a month while I was readying myself to play Alauddin Khilji. I don’t wish to reveal the exact details of my preparation [for the role] as it is something that’s extremely personal. But what I can say is that the entire journey has been a discovery of sorts that involved lots of exploration. It has been extremely rewarding and gratifying.”
To perform intense scenes as the anti-hero, Alauddin Khilji in the period drama, he would apply a rare ittar from Turkey. This was gifted to him by a friend. However, during the course of the shoot, the ittar bottle got lost and couldn’t be procured in record time. So, all that Ranveer could do was to remind himself of the powerful fragrance and complete the film’s shoot.