Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming period drama Padmavati, has been in the news since a very long time! We earlier told you that Vicky Kaushal was being considered to play the character of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, Padmavati’s husband. But then, apparently, the actor walked out of the film, though it’s still unsure if Bhansali had shown him the exit door. Reports also stated that the leading lady, Deepika had asked Bhansali to bring in a bigger star, since she had some steamy scenes with her onscreen husband. The latest development in the matter says that Pakistani hottie, Fawad Khan will now step into Vicky’s shoes!
While ace filmmaker Bhansali had always been sure that he wanted his favourite couple, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to essay the lead roles, the director was having a tough time locking the second male lead. Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Zafar had been offered the role but they refused it because it was the second lead, since Ranveer Singh is playing the main lead character of Alaudin Khilji. It looks like after the success of Ramleela and Bajirao Mastani, none of the actors want to mess around with this rising star!
According to a source, Bhansali wants undivided attention from all of his actors for at least 200 days. Fawad has those days to spare and plus, it is a too big an offer for the talented actor to let go. Though Khan has a Dharma Productions movie lined up, it will be sorted out as Karan Johar and Bhansali are good friends.
Interestingly, Deepika Padukone and Fawad Khan recently walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in the India Couture Week 2016. The Piku actress was all praises about the Khoobsurat actor at the recently held IIFA awards. It looks like the leggy beauty is all smitten by Fawad’s talent and killer looks. Thanks to Bhansali, Miss. Padukone’s dream of working with Fawad may just come true!