In his latest role as Peshwa Baji Rao in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, Ranveer Singh has had to make some adjustments with his looks. The actor who has gone bald for the role, will also be sporting light-coloured eyes – wearing contact lenses as sources have informed.
The look is fitting according to the 17th century Maratha general who was said to be a Hindu Kokanastha Chitpavan Brahmin; the sect was known for its fair-skin and light-colour eyes – either being blue or grey.
In earlier Marathi TV serials based on the Maratha, actors portraying the character were shown to have light coloured eyes.
Manoj Joshi who acted as Baji Rao in Rau which was aired on Doordarshan in 1990 described the character and how hard it would have been for some actors: “That was my first serial and those days, there was no prosthetic make-up. Baji Rao was said to have a sharp nose and light brown eyes. Since I had both, I didn’t need any make-up.”
Bhansali who is known to be a perfectionist when it comes to his work, has made sure the actor has gotten into character for the imminent movie. The movie also features Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in leading roles and will release on December 18.