It’s a known phenomenon that several actor-director duos become formulas for success. While the Hindi film industry has seen many dynamic duos, in recent years, the position is strongly held by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his muse, Ranveer Singh. They have worked in three first together, Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat and all of them have been some of Ranveer’s career beat performances.
As today marks 25 years of Bhansali’s association with the industry, Ranveer penned down a heartfelt note for him, tracing his journey with the director and how he helped him grow as an artiste. He wrote, “My bond with SLB is very deep. I have done my best work with Him. He is a master of his craft and a true artist. Whenever you are directed by him you have a tremendous growth spurt as a performer. He challenges you, he pushes you to deliver a performance that’s visceral, spirited and comes from a place deep within you. He enriches and inspires you. He nurtures his actors and extracts their very best performances.”
He further added. “Working on an SLB film puts you in a creative flux, and after the process you feel like an evolution has occurred within you. He has an ability to raise the stakes of the conflict in shooting a film scene, such that achieving that gold standard, that degree of excellence often feels like moving target, and he makes you feel like hitting that target is a matter of life and death. I feel he truly expands your bandwidth as a performer, because he compels you to find new depths within yourself and he shows you new lengths that you can go to in order to achieve your own personal moment of artistic authenticity and cinematic magic. This essentially makes your repertoire as a performer much deeper and your range and bandwidth much wider. You become addicted to the magic he manages to concoct time after time.”
He further wrote about Bhansali’s process of helping an artiste find himself while whetting his craft, in turn making you addicted to his passion and vision as a director.
Check out the post below to find out what more Ranveer said about SLB.
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