Ranveer Singh saw a challenge in playing Khilji!

Dynamic actor Ranveer Singh, who has listed in his biggest opening day collection with “Padmaavat”, tells most people had told him that a hero shouldn’t play the anti-hero.

“Padmaavat”, helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, registered opening day collections of Rs 19 crore net, as per media sources.

For Ranveer, whose earlier best opening day records were for “Gunday” (Rs 16.12 crore net) and “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (Rs 16 crore net), essaying a merciless anti-hero Alauddin Khilji was a gamble.

Ranveer told in a statement, “It is extremely rare and overwhelming to get this kind of love from the audience. I’m grateful and touched that everyone has been so appreciative of my performance.”

After the critics’ approval, now Ranveer has become one of the best villains in Bollywood through his act, the actor revealed, “I will be honest when I was offered Padmaavat, most people were of the opinion that a hero should not play the anti-hero. But I believed otherwise. I saw Khilji as a challenge for me, as an actor. And I wanted to take the challenge up. I went with the vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and my instinct of what I could achieve with Khilji. I’m happy that the audiences are seeing and loving a character that both Sanjay sir and I have worked on tirelessly for over two years to bring to life.”

Overjoyed about the response, he revealed, “I took a big risk with this character and it’s wonderful to see my gamble pay off. This kind of validation gives one the confidence to take bigger and bigger risks, challenge stereotypes and continue to push the envelope in the realm of mainstream Hindi cinema. I feel very happy and very fulfilled today.”

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