There are reports in certain sections of the media that Ajay Devgan was offered the role of Allauddin Khilji in Sanjay Bhansali’s Padmavati.
A source close to Bhansali Production dismisses this talk as “irrelevant PR”
“Ajay Devgan was never offered Padmavati. The Allauddin Khilji role was Ranveer Singh’s from the start.Ajay had been offered Bajirao Mastani. He was the first choice for the role. And Bhansali Sir was keen to team up with him again after Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam. But things didn’t work out then,” says the well-informed source.
Apparently Devgan quoted a price for Bajirao Mastani that sent Bhansali staggering back to his Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela hero Ranveer Singh.
Incidentally, the first choice for Ram Leela was Ranbir Kapoor. But for reasons best known to him , Ranbir vowed never to work with Bhansali after his debut in Saawariya. Ranbir preferred to do Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet while Ranveer Singh shot for Ram Leela.
In fact Ranveer Singh was to do Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet and was trying to work out his dates when Ranbir Kapoor showed an interest in the project.Kashyap didn’t even inform Ranveer Singh before replacing him with Ranbir Kapoor in Bombay Velvet.
Jaan bachi toh lakhon paye.