Ranveer Singh locked himself in a room for 21 days to prepare for his role in 'Padmaavat'

You know how actors often go to all sorts of extremes to get into the 'skin of the character' as much as they can?

While some go through drastic physical transformations, from gaining weight to losing it - others try to fathom the emotional turmoil of the characters, by often taking themselves to dark and wicked places.

Ranveer Singh ventured into a similar realm in order to prepare for the role of Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial epic - 'Padmaavat.'

In an interview with Indian Express, the actor revealed how he "locked himself up" in an isolated room for 21 days - to understand the essence and traits of Khilji.

“I took 21 days and locked myself up in my Goregaon house. I was completely isolated,” he said.

Ranveer further added:

“I kind of isolated myself, marinated into the character because I can’t relate to Alaudin Khilji, I can’t relate to that level of manipulativeness, greed and ambition. I had to tap into dark experiences but his world view is not something I can relate to also.”

But it wasn't just locking himself up in isolation, the actor also visited some dark places within his own head, stating that it was almost 'dangerous' to venture into that realm.

“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.”

Although, locking oneself in a room or building gigantic muscles doesn't make anyone more capable as artists than they can possibly be, Ranveer's efforts seems to have paid off, as despite playing the "main villain" in this historic war-drama, his performance is being lauded by both critics and audiences alike.

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