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No changes in Padmavati post controversy, says Shahid Kapoor


The actor refutes rumours about a love scene between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali historical, and states that the film glorifies Mewar and its people. 

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There were talks about changes being made in the script of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati after massive protests against the alleged misleading portrayal of queen Padmavati in the film. Members of the Rajput Karni Sena had violently objected to the film by even sabotaging it's sets.

But Shahid Kapoor, who stars in the film, has clarified that there haven’t been any changes in the film following the protests. Speaking to a publication, he said, “According to me, I have not shot any scene which has been changed. I think there were a lot of presumptions about the film, and people were presuming there were (certain) things in the film.”

The controversies erupted after word spread that the film has love scenes between the characters of Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) and Padmavati (Deepika Padukone). Shahid refuted these rumours too. “The clarification has been given that those things (love scenes) are not in the film. I hope when people see the film, they realise that the heart of the film and intent of the film is very good,” he said. 

In fact, the actor claimed that the film has shown Mewar in a positive light. “This country and the people who live in it, and specially the area we are talking about in the film, will be glorified and shown beautifully. I play a Rajput king and my character, I feel, will be admired by people,” he added. 

Speaking about the kind of a film Padmavati is, Shahid said, “It’s an intense, romantic and a very looked-forward-to film for various reasons. I think it’s a labour of love of Bhansali. I had gone mad on Twitter after watching his last film (Bajirao Mastani), appreciating everyone, and didn’t know I’d be part of his next film.” 

Padmavati is scheduled to be released on 17 November.