Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of the most popular directors with films ranking among highest-grossing Indian films of all times celebrated his 57th birthday on 24th February 2020 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Apart from being a talented director for 31 years in the Indian cinema industry, Bhansali also won titles as an acclaimed producer, writer, editor and music director with top-ranking budgets and returns in the industry.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Biography

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born in Bhuleshwar, South Mumbai to a Gujarati family. Sanjay’s father is Navin Bhansali and mother is Leela Bhansali. His mother used to sew clothes to make ends meet. His family also consist of his sister, Bela Segal and nieces Sharmin Segal and Simran Segal.

Born to a father who is a producer in the Indian Film Industry, Sanjay was influenced by the film fraternity since his childhood. He graduated in Bachelor of Commerce from Lala Lajpat Rai College in Mumbai and then attended the Film and Television Institute of India. Bhansali is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. Bhansali also founded a production house name Bhansali Productions that produces and releases some of his own films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Guzaarish (2010), My Friend Pinto (2011), Rowdy Rathore (2012), Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012), Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Mary Kom (2014), Gabbar is Back (2015), Bajirao Mastani (2015), and Laal Ishq (2016).

The most interesting part in the biography of Sanjay is how Leela came as his middle name. While assisting Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the film ‘1942: A Love Story’ Sanjay choreographed the song on Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit and when Vidhu asked him about how to give the credits, he wanted to adopt Leela to be his middle name as a tribute to his mother.

Sanjay was dating with his girlfriend Vaibhavi Merchant, who is an Indian Choreographer. They got engaged but soon after some time they got separated. When asked about the separation in an interview by a popular website, Bhansali refused to answer to it and instead commented that there is a certain beautiful thing so that its sanctity should be retained. It is important to retain personal moments with privacy. He believes that every relationship has to be given certain dignity regardless of whether we are in or not. He says it’s the one side of his life that he doesn’t want to talk to anyone.

 Bhansali’s has an approximate height of 5.9 feet with brown eyes and white hair colour. Being a successful filmmaker in the Indian film industry, Bhansali has won several awards including 5 National Awards and 10 Filmfare Awards. In 2015 the Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shree, the fourth highest civilian award. 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Career

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Bhansali started his film career by assisting Vidhu Vinod Chopra in films like Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb. He made his directional debut with the 1996 film Khamoshi: The Musical that brought him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. The wide appreciation and commercial success of his romantic drama ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ made his name popular in the Hindi-language cinema industry. Devdas, the next romantic drama he directed in 2002 was nominated at the British Academy of Film & Television Awards (BAFTA) for the Best Film – Not in the English Language. The film was based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel named Devdas published in 1917.

All of Sanjay’s works reflect his passion for connecting people with each other from far places. The emotional pain and trauma experienced by the protagonist are clearly evident through the characters and settings of the film. Moreover, he dedicated all of his films to the memory of his deceased father.

It is evident in all of his films that he has set the entire film isolated from the public as in the films of Guru Dutt. The film ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ released in 1959 and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) are two of Sanjay Bhansali’s favourite movies. He has expressed that he wishes to make a biopic film of Guru Dutt or either remake either or both Kaagaz Ke Phool and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam at some point in his career.

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At the time of the release of Devadas, it was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced with a budget of around ₹50 crores. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2013 film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela which was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made strong box office collection and brought him several awards and recognitions. His period dramas Bajirao Mastani in 2015 and Padmaavat in 2018 ranks top among the top hit Indian films of all time. Bajirao Mastani brought him the National Film Award for Best Direction and Filmfare Award for Best Director and Best Film.

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