When we talk about Ranveer Singh’s renowned uncompromising perfectionism, we are often reminded of how he locked himself up for 21 days to get into the skin of his character Khilji for Padmaavat.
With Gully Boy’s teaser launch, we are totally convinced that there is nothing Ranveer can’t do. From playing a perfect hero in Bajirao Mastani to a perfect villain in Padmaavat and now a street rapper, Ranveer Singh has done it all. He often times amazes his fans with his ability to play diverse roles with such perfection that can only be achieved by sheer dedication that Ranveer puts into a character.
The teaser of his upcoming movie Golly Boy has left people in awe of his acting skills. You can see how well he has paid heed to every detail to ace his portrayal of Divine, the famous street rapper on whom his character is based. One would assume that Ranveer would have learnt the fine details of his character from Divine himself. But that is not the case. Divine says that the credit for Ranveer’s performance in the teaser goes to Ranveer only. in an interview to Mid Day, Divine said, “I would just hang around in the studio, while he would do his [own] thing. I didn’t train him,”
He further says, Of whatever I have seen so far, it seems Ranveer has given his all to this role. This is so encouraging!”
Ranveer also went through body transformation for Gully Boy and his dedication was paralleled.
Even Ranveer’s jaw-dropping portrayal of Khilji in Padmaavat also got fans and critics intrigued by the perfectionism that he put into the character. He locked himself for 21 days in his house to get into the skin of the character.
He stated, “I kind of isolated myself, marinated into the character because I can’t relate to Alauddin Khilji, I can’t relate to that level of manipulativeness, greed, and ambition. I had to tap into dark experiences but his worldview is not something I can relate to also.”
“I have had some life experiences that were quite dark. I can’t reveal too much because it is too personal but it is the stuff I have brushed under the carpet so to speak. Stuff that I have buried in my conscience, that I had to dig out in order to play this character. And it was not always pretty, which validates my apprehension. I knew how deep I had to go into this rabbit hole. I would have had to go into this dark, black space. This abyss that could be dangerous for me. And it was.”
Ranveer even admitted that he was on the verge of losing his sanity for the character.
After Padmaavat, Ranveer was so immersed in his character of Khilji that he had to take psychiatric help to get out of the mindset of Khilji.
He said, “A really strange incident happened off camera on the sets. Somebody made a mistake and I turned towards that person and I was going to physically assault him as Alauddin Khilji. I was like ‘wait a second, this is not real.’ Suddenly my instinctive reaction was that of the character’s and not mine.”
Even when he got a head injury during the shooting of the climax scene of Padmaavat, the actor continued shooting. He was so into his character that did not even realize the depth of his injury. It is only after the cut that the cast and crew realized the seriousness of the injury while the actor was bleeding badly from the head.
Ranveer Singh’s perfectionism and his stint with method acting can be traced back to Bajirao Mastani. Ranveer locked himself in a hotel room for three weeks so that he could focus completely on building the character of Peshwa Bajirao I. The actor reportedly stayed there for 4-5 days in complete anonymity. He had requested the hotel authorities and staff not to reveal info about his stay there. He mostly stayed inside the hotel room. Only a few close friends and people associated with the film used to visit him. He decided to focus completely on “Bajirao Mastani,” and chose to dedicate one whole year to the film and decided not to sign a new movie until he had completed “Bajirao Mastani.” As a part of his preparation, he watched several Marathi movies to get his Marathi accent for the role right and even went on to watch Russell Crowe starrer “Gladiator” to understand how epic films with a mammoth scale are made.
Hats off to Ranveer’s hard work and we wish him all the very best for his upcoming movie Gully Boy and many more to come.