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Did male superstars reject Deepika's Padmavati for its female-centric story?

By HT

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali chose to work with Deepika Padukone for a third time (after Goliyon Ki Raasleela-Raamleela and Bajirao Mastani) on his next directorial venture, Padmavati. 
 
However, he took a long time to finalise on the male lead actors: Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
 
According to a report in DNA, the delay was caused because many lead male actor in the industry refuse to join the project as they thought the film had a female lead character. 
 
The reports quotes film critic Rajeev Masand who says “Bhansali stuck with his leading lady even after top male stars offered to star in it if the director was willing to change the title to sound less like it revolved around the heroine. Deepika is returning the favour by standing firmly by Bhansali’s side, focusing solely on Padmavati, even as her co-actors Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor are dividing their time between Bhansali’s set and ad-films, appearances, and the like.”
 
Ranveer and Shahid will play Alauddin Khilji and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh respectively in the film while Deepika will be ‘Padmavati’.