- Niharika Mishra
From a street-smart and fun-loving Bittoo Sharma (Band Baaja Baraat) to the barbaric sultan Allauddin Khilji, Ranveer Singh aced his villainous act in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati.
Ranveer time and again puts the audience in a space of awe and surprise with the projects he takes up – be it Varun Srivastav from Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera, Kabir Mehra from Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do or Peshwa Bajirao from SLB’s Bajirao Mastani.
At the peak of his career, it would not have been an easy step to take up a character as negative and inhumane (anti-hero) as Allauddin Khilji. But Ranveer proved his mettle as an actor, and honestly, Padmavati’s success (Obviously Karni Sena would be the first hero) can be credited to energy and the determination he has put in to make Allauddin the most hated villain ever.
From his Khal Drogo (Game of Thrones) inspired look to Joker-like behaviour, Singh surprised in each and every scene he appears right from the beginning where he said, “Allah ki Banai har nayab cheez par Kewal Alauddin ka Haq hai”. At this point, I remember a dialogue from Bajirao Mastani – Bajirao ne Mastani se Mohabbat ki hai, aiyasshi Nahi ” (Attitude Ahaan!).
One scene which will surely give you goosebumps is when a maniacal Ranveer claps his hand (after killing Jallaudin Khilji) reminiscent on one of the greatest villains of all time, Joker (specifically the one played by Heath Ledger in A Dark Knight).
After Bajirao Mastani, we had thought that this was Ranveer’s best performance so far, but he proved us wrong with his menacing villain act gaining a new benchmark in his career.
Is ‘Khalibali’ the new ‘Malhari’?
Celebration song “Malhari” in which choreographer Ganesh Acharya had channelized Ranveer’s energy to the fullest and presented a song to be remembered for a long time. However, now, we have a tough competition in the market. Filled with Arabic innuendos, this high on energy, foot-tapping number ‘Khalibali’ sung by Shivam Pathak and Shail Hada (not to forget his soulful track from Saawariya Yoon Shabnami) is a treat for your eyes.
(Stills from Padmaavat’s Khalili and Bajirao Mastani’s Malhari)
Obviously, who wouldn’t like to watch a mad Khilji dancing with his army to celebrate his victory (after all its Ranveer *Sigh*).
A transformation from a cute gully boy to a menacing villain:
Remember, a thin-and-lean Bitto Sharma from Delhi, who gatecrashed a wedding for free food in Band Baaja Baraat (2010). Frankly speaking, I thought that he won’t be able to last in the film industry, but then he totally changed my thoughts with his subtle acting performance in Motwane’s Lootera (2013) where he played the role of a con man (After Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl). Lootera is an intrinsically earnest and profoundly heartwarming story that stays in your heart. An absolute must for those who love romantic films or are romantic at heart.
And, then came a chiselled body Ram with his Tattad Tattad move in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela (2013). Ram Leela featured the Singh and Padukone as star-crossed lovers belonging to Gujarati communities at loggerheads. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Bhansali’s film went a few notches higher as he blended Shakespearean storytelling with Gujarati folk traditions.
Loosely inspired from Sholay, Singh appeared in Gunday is a story about two best friends (Played by Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh) and outlaws, who fall in love with a cabaret dancer, which causes rivalry and misunderstandings between them.
And, then he just casually walked into our hearts with Kabir Mehra in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) where his puppy face would work on anyone and make them do anything. This move witnessed the reunion of Priyanka Chopra (PeeCee) and Singh as brother-sister after delivering a power-packed performance as Ram Chahe Leela in Ram Leela.
With his dancing moves (Nashe Di Chad) and kissing spree, Singh and VaaniKapoor’s romantic-comedy ‘Before (2017)’ may have been a below average performer at the box office, but he managed to win a lot of hearts.& then there’s no stopping for Ranveer Singh….
After a point of time, you feel the film Padmavati is 80 percent about Allauddin Khilji. According to my opinion, the film is all about the rise and fall of Khilji and the bravery of glorifying Rajput (Sorry! Karni Sena, I didn’t see any controversies).
Throughout the 2hrs 40 min drama, you just do not move from your seat because Ranveer as Allauddin makes bad look good (after SRK in Darr).