Ranveer Singh on threats to chop off Deepika Padukone's nose: I was filled with rage
The protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat reached a new low when the Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatened to chop off the nose of the film's heroine, Deepika Padukone, a la Shurpanakha (Shurpanakha was a character in the Ramayana whose nose was chopped off by Lakshmana).
While Deepika was unfazed by the threats, Ranveer Singh, who plays the antagonist, Alauddin Khilji, in Padmaavat, said that he was "filled with rage".
In an exclusive interview with India Today Television, Ranveer revealed, "I was filled with rage. There's no doubt about that. I had a very strong urge to act out, to speak out, but I was given strict instructions not to. And I had to respect that, because I was not at the forefront of this fight."
He added, "It's the prerogative of the producers, of the director. If they were explicitly telling me that me saying something or doing something is going to complicate things further, I don't want to complicate their lives. I want to do my bit to make sure that this film gets made and it gets released. If this is what they are asking me to do, I have to abide by that."
Ranveer decided to channel all his inner rage and anger into his character. "I could choose to act out destructively but I chose not to. I channelled it and I put all of it into my performance. Whatever you may feel after watching this performance is born out of having felt a certain way," he said.
Padmaavat may have had to overcome several hurdles to release, but the hard work of the team has paid off. The film has performed phenomenally well at the box office and had already become the highest-grossing film of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's careers. Padmaavat is currently inching towards the Rs 250-crore mark.
"Eventually, these perpetrators have lost. The film has won, Mr Bhansali has won. It's a victory, the way this film is celebrated not just in our country but across the world. The kind of numbers it is posting is an indicator of widespread audience acceptance, approval and validation. I am very happy, especially for Mr Bhansali, because he has been through the most," the actor said.
Talking about the attack on the filmmaker by the Karni Sena in Jaipur last year, Ranveer said, "It's extremely disturbing. When I saw that, I was filled with rage. How dare you do that to somebody who I worship? How dare you go to my place of worship and do what you did? All of these feelings were like a tornado inside me, and I actually had to be calmed down by people around me. Now that I look back, when the film has released and is being celebrated, I think it was a good decision to channel it into my performance because that is my protest."