Recently both the actors broke a very old protocol followed by co-stars who share the same screen space.
They spoke about doing each other’s roles.
It was Ranveer Singh who set the ball rolling by saying he would have done Shahid’s Kaminay better than Shahid. Not to be left behind ,Shahid responded by saying he would have played Ranveer’s Khilji in Padmaavat “differently”.
Which was a subtle of saying it could be done better.
A source very close to Padmaavat is not amused by Shahid’s comment. “Of course Shahid would have played it differently.Every actor brings his own skills and mannerisms into every character. That is why you can’t compare Dilip Kumar’s Devdas with Shah Rukh Khan’s Devdas. But why talk about a co-actor’s role? Did Amitabh Bcahchan speak about how he would’ve played Rajesh Khanna’s role in Namak Haraam ? Did Raakhee comment on what she would’ve done with Sharmila Tagore’s role in Daag? Even when two actors are fierce rivals it’s an unwritten rule that two actors don’t discuss one another’s roles in the same film.”
Another source says Shahid was hounded by insecurities all through the making of Padmaavat. “He had reservations about Ranveer playing the author-backed role. Director Sanjay Bhansali convinced him. But the twinge of doubt remained throughout the making of the film, and Shahid would anxiously look over his shoulder at Ranveer’s role,” says the source.
Insecurity is a sturdy incentive to excel.And that’s what Shahid has proved with his performance in Padmaavat. So why spoil it by talking about the other role?