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'Mooch' to say about this Shahid Kapoor picture; actor all set for Padmavati?

Does this picture suggest his look from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama?

Mayur Lookhar

When Ranveer Singh shaved his head during the promotions of Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), it was clear that he had been signed for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film Bajirao Mastani.

All eyes have been on Shahid Kapoor now as he has been strongly linked with Bhansali's next, Padmavati. Ranveer Singh is said to be playing antagonist Alauddin Khilji in the film, while Deepika Padukone plays the titular role. However, so far, none of the stars or Bhansali himself has spoken about Padmavati.

Rumours of Kapoor playing Raja Ratan Se gained momentum after the actor posted his new look via image-sharing site Instagram. As seen in the picture, the moustache and beard are reminiscent of the Rajput kings of Rajasthan. Kapoor posted the caption 'Driving into the shadows' with the picture. Also, buzz has it that Kapoor and Singh were spotted ouside Bhansali's office yesterday.

Cinestaan.com happened to be present at Mehboob Studios yesterday where placards saying 'Bhansali Production' were placed outside one of the bigger stages at the studio. Work on the construction of sets was in full swing. After quizzing one of the workers present there, Cinestaan.com learnt that the sets for Padmavati were being built and shooting would begin in a month. We were also told that the film's final schedule will probably be shot in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

While an official announcement is awaited, watch this space for more on Padmavati.