The filmmaker, who will work with Deepika together in a fourth project, is floored by the actress’ talent.
There is a definitely a fourth film happening for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone. It looks like the filmmaker is still keen on extracting the most from Deepika, even afyer working with her in Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and now Padmaavat.
But SLB disagrees. “There is a lot more to her. Deepika is one of the finest artistes I’ve worked with. She has such grace. She never surrenders to melodrama, even when there is ample temptation to do so. Look at her speech in front of the women before they commit jauhar. I was so overwhelmed by how she handled that scene, I gave her Rs 500 after the shot. I am sure that token of my appreciation is more valuable and precious to her than the entire remuneration she got for the film,” he smiles.
SLB sees glimpses of three legendary actresses in Deepika. “From some angles, she reminds me of Vyjanthimala. Sometimes she reminds me of Hema Malini. And the grace with which she has performed the Ghoomar dance reminds me of Waheeda Rehman. I strongly believe Deepika has the potential to join the ranks of these legendary actresses.”