While Padmavati has been in the news ever since its announcement, what further added to the surprise was the announcement of Shahid Kapoor as the hero of the film opposite Deepika Padukone. The duo will not only share screen space for the first time but will also be acting as a couple in the film.
The star will essay the role of Deepika Padukone's husband, Raja Ratan Singh, a just ruler and a warrior who gave his all to the battlefield. Shahid, who trained with a language coach before and during the shoot of the film, to get the finer nuances of the language and accent right ,will now have his coach accompany him to the Padmavati dub as well.
A source close to the actor said, "Shahid's prep for Padmavati included training under a language coach since certain dialogues in the film were typical of that period. His coach will also be with him while he's dubbing for the film so that he aces the accent and sounds authentic.” “Shahid's role in Padmavati promises to be his career's finest. He is going all out for the film, as he essays the role of the hero and has been looking into the minutest details with complete attention and dedication,” added the source.
Padmavati also stars Ranveer Singh as the antagonist, ruler Alauddin Khilji who gets obsessed with the beauty of Rani Padmini aka Padmavati and decides to wage a war against their kingdom. While the film was expected to release this year, due to certain hindrances and obstacles the release has been pushed further to next year.