Sanjay Leela Bhansali: “Deepika is one of the finest artistes I’ve worked with”

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Deepika Padukone has been appreciated for her role in ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) and, as she marked a hat-trick with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he was all praise for her talent.

“There is a lot more to her. Lots! Deepika is one of the finest artistes I’ve worked with. Such thehrao and such grace! She never surrenders to melodrama even when there is ample temptation to do so. Look at the scene where she gives a speech in front of the women before they commit jauhar. Such control, restraint and so much emotive power without tripping over. I was so overwhelmed by how she handled the scene that I gave her a Rs 500 note after she finished it. I am sure that token of my appreciation is more valuable and precious to her than the entire remuneration she got for the film,” said Bhansali, according to Deccan Chronicle.

Bhansali went on to comment that Padukone reminds him of yesteryear actresses, “From some angles, she reminds me of Vyjayanthimalaji. Sometimes she reminds me of Hemaji. And the grace with which she performed the Ghoomar dance reminds me of Waheedaji. I strongly believe Deepika has the potential to join the ranks of our legendary actresses”.

Padukone will be seen next in Vishal Bhardwaj’s next.

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