BY ANUJ RADIA

Earlier, we reported how Ranveer Singh will be honoured with a Dadasaheb Phalke award for his performance in Padmaavat. Now, it is revealed that Shahid Kapoor – who played ‘Maharawal Ratan Singh’ – will also receive a Dadasaheb Phalke award for brilliance in acting.

Shahid portrayed the royal character with such devotion, for which he received rave reviews in Padmaavat.

Cited by Pinkvilla, talking about his character, Shahid said at an event that he is very happy with the response his performance has been getting especially given that it was not the most author-backed role: “Honestly, it’s not the most author-backed role in the film. So taking up such a role and getting appreciations for that, is an amazing moment.”

When probed further as to why he thinks his character is not the most author-backed role, Shahid concluded, “I don’t want to get into the details of it. But yes, it was the least known of the three characters (played by Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid). On the basis of my understanding, it was tough to portray this kind of character.”

In an interview with Pinkvilla, he expressed: “I am very proud that Padmaavat as a product has fought every possible battle to make it heard and seen. I correlate that to my journey in the film – everyone wondered about my role – was it a special appearance or what am I doing the film. I had to wait for one-and-half years to feel validated and for people to know why.

In fact, I didn’t speak for the next two days after the release – I wanted to see whether the people have felt what I have tried to depict, whether they walked out of the film saying good on you, Shahid. Padmavati – If I can say so – was a titular role for Deepika, if Ranveer was scared to play the villain and if I was afraid to play a hero who is an underdog, the film wouldn’t have been the way it is.”

“I don’t think that I underplayed Maharawal Ratan Singh, I would say I played Maharawal Ratan Singh. This is the character that was meant to be subtle. Nobody overplayed or nobody underplayed – it was our characters and we did our job according to the briefs we were given. It is the people who are deciding. As an actor, I have come from Tommy Singh which is different to what I have done in Padmaavat,” added Shahid Kapoor.

Our heartiest congratulations to Shahid for such a phenomenal achievement!