Sanjay Leela Bhansali is touted as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the Indian Cinema. Over the last 6 years, the filmmaker has however worked with only Deepika Padukone as the leading lady in his films.
The 2013 release Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela showcased Deepika Padukone as the fierce, graceful, free-spirited and headstrong Leela. There began the strong bond of the director-actress duo. They further went on to taste success with Bajirao Mastani, wherein Sanjay Leela Bhansali explored the warrior side of the actress.
With Padmaavat, the director celebrated beauty, courage, and valor in the form of Deepika Padukone who played the role of Rani Padmini. Despite much frenzy, Padmaavat has emerged as a box office success and Deepika Padukone is receiving immense love and appreciation from all quarters.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali expressed his appetite to explore the creative relationship and stated he is not done with Deepika Padukone yet.
Speaking about the actress, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali shared, “Deepika is so fabulous; she is such a jaan. I just love her. All her hard work and brilliance that she brings to the set is effortless. She does her preparation but there is none of the—I AM PREPARED FOR A ROLE—heaviness around her. It is done with so much silence. It’s such a pleasure to work with someone who does what she is doing at that moment with absolute honesty. She’s an actor who feels so honest and simple, but her performances are detailed and nuanced. I’m not done with her yet.”
Padmaavat, that released after much delay, is Deepika’s seventh film that has made an entry into the 100 crore club. The actress has also scored a hattrick of success with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastaani.