Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s magnum opus, Padmaavat, finally released on January 25 and since then has been ruling the Box Office charts. Despite being surrounded by unending controversies and facing a ban in four major states, the film has still managed to cross the 150 crore mark at the BO in the country. Not just that, the film has gone on to become the only non-Khan film to have done so well on a global platform. While Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maha Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji have been receiving appreciation for their performances from all quarters, actor Aditi Rao Hydari, who essayed the role of Khilji’s wife Mehrunissa cannot be missed out.

The actress is exceptionally elated and satisfied with the way it’s turned out. However, do you know who recommended the actress’ name to Bhansali to cast her as Ranveer’s onscreen wife? Well, it’s none other than Jaya Bachchan. Speaking about it, Aditi told PTI, “It felt so amazing that she had suggested my name to him. I have never had that kind of support or backing in the industry. So, when people who I love and respect so much stand up for me, or encourage and appreciate me, it means a lot.” Asked if she knows what prompted Bachchan to suggest her name, Hydari said she read it in newspapers that it was her eyes which impressed the senior actor. “When you get a blessing you don’t ask questions. She did mention (the reason) why to Sanjay sir, but I read somewhere that she said there is some purity in my eyes and ‘noor’ on my face,” she said. As Mehrunissa, the actor played the perfect antithesis to Ranveer Singh’s aggressive portrayal of Khilji.

Describing her character as the perfect “yin to Ranveer’s yang”, the actor said she completely submitted herself to Bhansali’s vision and is overwhelmed with the response she has received. “The girl is beautiful inside out. She speaks very little but there is a beautiful layering to her character where she is vulnerable, delicate, but there is strength, dignity,” she said. The “Wazir” actor along with Shahid were sort of ‘newcomers’ on the sets as Deepika and Ranveer had already worked with Bhansali in “Ram-Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani”.For Hydari though, being on a film set of the National Award-winning filmmaker was an experience of a lifetime. “He (Bhansali) creates a world with such passion, every single element in that world has love, passion and honesty in it. His direction is so musical, so rhythmic, may be because of his knowledge of music, art and dance.He is a hard task master, he will challenge you, he keeps adding layers to your performance and watches it very minutely. At the end of the day you are exhausted but it’s such a high because there is so much love you get eventually from everyone,” she said.

— Inputs from PTI and IANS