It was just few weeks back during the time of Befikre’s trailer release when the makers of Padmavati announced their final star cast. While Deepika Padukone was always a part of this movie, there were speculations that Shahid and Ranveer are at loggerheads. They both wanted stronger characters than each other and Bhansali had a tough time convincing them. After much discussions and assurances, both the actors finally came on board with Ranveer playing the role of Alauddin Khilji and Shahid as the ruler of Chittor, Raja Raval Ratan Singh. However little did we know that another actress was in talks to play an important character in this movie.
The actress was none other than Aditi Rao Hydari.
Yes you read it right. As per reports in a leading tabloid, she was in talks with the makers to play the character of Kamala Devi, one of Khilji’s favourite wives. The Fitoor actress was competing with four other choices after which she was finally chosen. There had been several meetings that between Bhansali and Aditi and the director finally decided on Aditi over four other choices. According to historians, during the conquest of Gujarat in 1297, Khilji had sent a large army under his brother Ulugh Khan and general Nusrat Khan to conquer Gujarat and destroy the idol of Somnath. After King Rai Karan fled from Nahrwala, the then capital, all of his treasures fell into the hands of Khilji, including his beautiful wife Kamla Devi, who became a part of the Sultan’s harem. Khilji fell in love with Kamla and she became his chief Begum.