Difference in Shahid, Deepika's heights leaves Bhansali in a bind

Shahid will be playing the role of Deepika's husband in the film


Entertainment Desk November 23, 2016
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In a recent look test for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, one of the film's male leads turned out to be slightly vertically challenged in comparison to his female co-star Deepika Padukone.

Shahid Kapoor happens to be an inch shorter than the statuesque Deepika who stands at 5'9. According to Pinkvilla, the discrepancy has left the film's crew in a quandary.

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Deepika will be playing the role of Rajput queen Padmini while Shahid will play her husband Maharana of Mewar Ratan Singh. "Shahid is shorter than Deepika so the look tests between them are not working. Because they are playing king and queen, Bhansali needs to figure out a way to make them appear equal. At that time, kings were not shorter than their queens, and Rajput tradition is conservative, so there is no way that the director can work his way around the history," a source said.

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The source further added, "Delhi-based designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula, who are working with Sanjay for the first time and designing for the looks of Ranveer Singh, DP, Shahid, have been told to find a way to make Shahid look equal to Deepika in height, maybe give him heels etc!"

The film slated for a November, 2017 release.

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