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Ranveer Singh: 'Anushka taught me so much'

Mumbai, Jan. 30 -- Ranveer Singh has had a good year, with both his 2013 releases - Lootera and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela - earning him critical acclaim. He's also been talked about for allegedly dating Deepika Padukone, but he clams up when you ask about that.

He, however, does opens up about his alleged former girlfriend, Anushka Sharma, giving her almost mentor-like praise. The two biggest influences have to be Anushka (Sharma, co-star Band Baaja Baaraat, 2010) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali (film-maker). She taught me so many things about the medium and acting. I was fortunate to have her as my co-star. She was one of the biggest influences. Anushka taught me a lot since I was only a beginner. She taught me everything that a novice needs to know before giving his first shot. After gaining some experience and starting to think that you know the way to approach things, suddenly there comes Bhansali, who dispels all those beliefs. He bursts the bubble you've created, and shows you a different way of approaching work. And the kind of creative liberties he allows compels you to do your work well. I fully do. I don't use Twitter to make these statements, because it's my medium to connect with those who follow my work. But if someone asks me, I'll be open and say that I'm very disappointed. I think it was one of the best-reviewed films in a long time. I put a lot into that performance, and I really think that it went unnoticed. The least I expected was nominations for everyone, if not the best film prize. I won't comment on my role, but it is a technically superior film. The art director, cinematographer, director, co-star, composer and lyricist - everyone deserved a nomination.