Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Deepika has the potential to join the ranks of our legendary actresses

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Deepika Padukone left us mesmerized as Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s period drama ‘Padmaavat’. The stunning beauty was paid more than the leading actors Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The diva has climbed from strength to strength since she marked her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in blockbuster hit ‘Om Shanti Om’.

The lady has now been appointed the chairperson of MAMI (the Mumbai Academy Of The Moving Image), a post previously held by Kiran Rao (wife of superstar Aamir Khan) .

Recently, Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has given Deepika and Ranveer three of their career-defining films that went on to rock the box-office, opened up on this special lady. He is of a view that she richly deserves the accolades coming her way. We are in total agreement with Mr. Bhansali.

SLB said, “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 her 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 that scene; I gave her a 500-rupee note after she finished the scene. 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 also believes that Deepika has the potential to join the league of legendary Bollywood actresses. He sees glimpses of three legendary actresses in Deepika Padukone. “From some angles, she reminds me of Vyjanthimalaji. Sometimes she reminds me of Hemaji. And the grace with which she has performed the ‘Ghoomar’ dance reminds me of Waheedaji.

Do you agree with SLB’s statement that Deepika Padukone has the potential to join the ranks of our legendary actresses?

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