Superstar Shah Rukh Khan praised filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat and said that actor Ranveer Singh is now Delhi’s Sultan Alauddin Khilji for him.
Shah Rukh on Friday treated his fans to a question and answer session, where Ranveer wrote to the Chennai Express star: “Shah Rukh Khan, Hi bhai! Anxious for you to see Padmaavat.”
Shah Rukh, 52, who is currently busy shooting for Aanand L. Rai’s upcoming film Zero, replied: “So sorry did not realise it was you, because now you are Khilji for me. Bahut acchhi picture hai bhai (It is a very good film)..I saw it and loved it.”
The film, based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, was caught in a row after protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena which contended that it distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community.
As a result of the ensuing violence, the movie did not release in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as well as in some theatres across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Elsewhere, it cashed in on the extended Republic Day weekend.
It has received mixed reviews, with some appreciating the movie for its visual brilliance and impeccable performances, while some slamming it for glorifying the practice of Jauhar (self-immolation) and for showcasing Alauddin Khilji as demon-like. The period drama had marched past the Rs 100 crore figure in its opening weekend since releasing on January 25, with paid previews that gave its earning a Rs 5 crore jump-start a day before.