With Panipat, Arjun Kapoor is embarking on a territory his buddy Ranveer Singh has won accolades for. He plays a Maratha warrior -- Sadashiv Rao Bhau -- who takes on the mighty Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah Abdali in the third battle of Panipat. But he does not feel he should have taken an advice from the latter for improvisation.
"Ashu sir and Sanjay sir make magnum opuses, but they have different temperaments. Here, I respected my director’s temperament. I wanted to remain loyal to my story. Ranveer would have given me his point of view [that would be derived from] Sanjay sir’s understanding. I have tremendous respect for Ranveer’s work. But this film didn’t require me [to seek his advice] because Bajirao and Sadashiv are from different eras," Arjun told mid-day.
Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are known to have been buddies ever since they starred together in Gunday. Their camaraderie is a delight for the fans, and often leaves them asking for more.
Ranveer was seen in a Maratha avatar in Bajirao Mastani and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie.
Sadashiv Rao Peshwa was the son of Chimaji Appa and Rakhmabai, and hence, the nephew of Bajirao Peshwa.
“This film [Panipat] starts off at the point where Marathas were ruling India. No one knew that they controlled the Mughals, who paid taxes to them. I loved that I knew so little about this story. I worked with a diction coach, and looked the part. But it was harder to perfect the character’s vulnerabilities. [What was] his personality like? Was he in love with Parvati Bai? I discovered him through this movie,” Arjun further said.
Similar plotlines means a brewing competition, but their bromance has stood the test of times. "He still gatecrashes my dubbing, sends long voice messages after watching my songs and kisses me on the cheeks. Our connection remains unaffected. I tell Deepika I am her souten. We have been consistently warm," Arjun added.
Panipat, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, also features Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt and will be hitting the theatres on December 6, 2019.