Ranveer Singh who is known for his lively electric spirit and signature energy ,completely submitted himself to Sanjay Leela Bhansali ,as he transformed him into the protagonist of his longstanding dream, Bajirao Mastani.
Essaying the role of the Peshwa Maratha, Ranveer underwent a complete transformation both physically and mentally to get under the skin of his character ,for the period drama.
Apart from working on his physicality, the actor shaved his head and sported a moustache for over a year. Not your run-of-the-mill commercial look.
Says Ranveer, “Although Mr Bhansali was open to the idea of me a using a prosthetic bald plate for the filming of Bajirao Mastani , I knew that actually shaving my head would help my characterization be more authentic.During the initial stages of the filming process I had to stick a fake moustache though I really wanted to sport a real one ,since I didn’t have the time to grow it before we commenced filming. But the two-month delay caused by my shoulder injury gave me just enough time to grow out my real one”
Apart from his physical transformation, essaying the role was a major challenge for the actor as it required him to curtail his energy and direct that completely into his nuanced, constrained performance as one of the greatest warriors of all time.
Ranveer who had an extremely challenging and emotionally turbulent year, harnessed those emotions to become the strong, brave, wise and mature Peshwa Bajirao.
Explaining his emotional journey through the course of filming Bajirao Mastani says Ranveer, “Bajirao was wise beyond his years .In the process of playing him, I have grown up and matured.Experiences in the recent past have organically caused this growing up. I lost my oldest friend ,my grandfather and had to come out of a serious injury .For certain scenes in the film ,I had to tap into certain emotional areas .In a way filming Bajirao Mastani has been a cathartic process . I had to go deep into the rabbit hole for the character and going through this emotional catharsis has made me a wiser and more evolved artist.The film came in at an important juncture in my life. It helped me learn a lot about myself as a person and as an artist. I have grown with Bajirao Mastani be it mentally, emotionally, professionally and personally”.
Promising to be not just a film ,but an experience, Bajirao Mastani remains one of the most anticipated movies in the history of Indian cinema.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is happy to introduce to audiences his longstanding dream starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra among others,transporting audiences to a land of war,passion, grandeur and love.
Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is scheduled to release 18th December,2015.