The year 2018 turned out to be a great one for Ranveer Singh, personally and professionally. In a recent interview, the actor talked about his struggling days, how he does not get carried away with his success and how he values the opportunities that come his way.

The actor’s flamboyant persona, his marriage with fellow actor Deepika Padukone and back-to-back hits in Padmaavat and Simmba kept him in the headlines throughout last year and Ranveer is aware how it can affect a person’s outlook. In a recent interview with news agency PTI, Ranveer talked about his struggle in the industry and how his experience has shaped him. “When this happens around you, there are two possibilities – you either believe it or you are simply aware of it. While I am aware of it, I don’t start believing in my own hype. My experiences have shaped me to be the kind of person I am,” said the Padmaavat actor. “I had a proper struggle period of three and half years, so today when opportunities come my way, I value them tremendously. I never lose sight because I have a vivid memory of the times when I had none of this,” the actor added.

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The film industry is one of the most volatile places and an actor’s sense of security is challenged every Friday, something that Ranveer says he has learnt to deal with. “I try and adopt the middle path – don’t get too carried away with the success and don’t get bogged down by failures. I feel happy when I succeed, you must do that. But then quickly immerse yourself in the current moment again. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, so if it failed, it’s not entirely your doing. I find this middle approach very healthy,” said the Bajirao Mastani actor.

The 33-year-old said that he once had a dream which he is now living. He said that whatever is happening to him right now is surreal. He said he gets filled with joy when a fan asks to get clicked with him.

On the professional front, Ranveer was recently seen in Simmba with newcomer Sara Ali Khan and will next be seen in Zoya Akhtar‘s Gully Boy with Alia Bhatt. The poster of the film released on Wednesday and soon went viral.