Ranveer Singh, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming period drama Padmavati, has asserted that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has succeeded in bring the creative best in the actor and gave him the confidence to fly high.
The actor has collaborated with Bhansali for the third tim in Padmavati and will be seen playing the role of Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the movie.
While Ranveer is excited to be a part of the magnum opus, he is all praises for Bhansali as well and said Bhansali has given him the confidence to soar towards newer horizons in "Padmavati", Ranveer told PTI.
"Mr Bhansali has extracted from me some of my most special performances. He's opened my eyes, expanded my universe and given me wings to fly. He's managed to bring out that which I myself didn't realise I had within me," the 32- year-old said.
"He has had a profound influence on me as an artiste. He has moulded me into the artiste that I am today. He has pushed me beyond barriers and has made me believe in the notion that there are no limits to what I can achieve as a performer," Ranveer added.
The actor says he shares a deep connect with Bhansali, which is apparent to audiences and drives them to watch their films.
"We have a very special connection - something the entire fraternity and audience acknowledges and recognises.
And this is most evident when we collaborate on a hot set together - when we are in the thick of shooting a scene - that's when the chemistry can be witnessed in all its glory.
"Being directed by him is by far one of the most rewarding and fulfilling creative experiences I have had in my entire life. His relentless pursuit of excellence inspires me to raise my game every single time I go out and perform," he said.
Set to release on December 1, "Padmavati" features Deepika Padukone in the title role with Shahid Kapoor playing as Maharawal Ratan Singh.