Deepika: Sanjay Leela Bhansali brings out the best in me as an actor
After Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, this is the third collaborations between Deepika and Bhansali.
Deepika Padukone says working with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always been a learning experience, but collaborating with him for the third time on ‘Padmavati’ was more challenging for me.
The Piku actress says the filmmaker extracts the best from her as an artist and she draws a lot from that creative experience.
The actress, who was in the capital for an event, says she is curious to know whether they can bring something new despite the familiarity.
“Sanjay Leela Bhansali brings out the best in me as an actor. Working on ‘Padmavati’ with him brings out a creatively- enriching feeling in me… The way he pushes you, challenges you… That’s what drives me to do his films,” says Deepika.
It is difficult as an actor to work with someone you have worked for so long. It’s challenging for both the director and actor to bring something new to the table every time they come together.
“Even when he worked with Ranveer (Singh) in ‘Ram Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’, it was a similar feeling and these films are classic examples. We hope we are able to deliver something different for the audience this time again with ‘Padmavati’,” Deepika added.
When asked about the controversy around the shooting of ‘Padmavati’, Deepika declined to comment on the issue.
Padmavati is an upcoming Indian period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, jointly produced by Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.