Deepika Padukone, who is busy with her upcoming movie 'Padmavati', has admitted that there is a special reason that she is doing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama.
The diva asserted it was Bhansali that made her do the movie as he is the one who extracts the best from her as an artist.
"Sanjay Leela Bhansali brings out the best in me as an actor. Working on 'Padmavati' with him brings out a creatively- enriching feeling in me... The way he pushes you, challenges you... That's what drives me to do his films," Deepika was quoted as saying.
Interestingly, 'Padmavati' happens to be Deepika and Bhansali's third collaboration together.
The actor-director duo has earlier worked in 'Ram Leela' and 'Bajirao Mastani'.
"It is difficult as an actor to work with someone you have worked for so long. It's challenging for both the director and actor to bring something new to the table every time they come together. Even when he worked with Ranveer (Singh) in 'Ram Leela' and 'Bajirao Mastani', it was a similar feeling and these films are classic examples. We hope we are able to deliver something different for the audience this time again with 'Padmavati'," Padukone added.
The 'Piku' actress will be seen playing the titular role in 'Padmavati' opposite Shahid Kapoor who will essay the role of Rajput king Raja Rawal Ratan Singh. On the other hand, Ranveer Singh will be seen in the role of antagonist Allauddin Khilji.
'Padmavati' is expected to release on November 17 this year.