Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali at X Factor Finalists Introduction Event, 2011
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, Film producer, Music Director, Television producer

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India.[1] Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali. He founded SLB Films, a film production house, in 1999.


Bhansali began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in the making of Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb. However, both had a fall out when Bhansali refused to direct Kareeb and made his directorial debut with Khamoshi: The Musical, the commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed narration of a daughter's struggle to communicate with her deaf mute parents.[2] His second film was a triangle love story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Starring Salman Khan,Aishwarya Rai,Ajay Devgan which established his individualistic stamp for visual splendour and creating auras of celebration and festivity. The film was a great success and won numerous awards.[3] His next film, Devdas starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, was Bhansali's ode to the well known novel of the same name. Upon its theatrical release in India, the film surfaced as the highest grossing movie.[4] It also won major Bollywood awards and was Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The musical received a significant reception at Cannes, where it premiered. Then came Black Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji, which stood fifth in Time Magazine (Europe)'s[5] 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe. Black broke a record at the 2006 Filmfare Awards, winning eleven awards. After having four successes, Bhansali experienced his first major flop in Saawariya, which was met with sharp criticism and poor collections at the box office.[6]

In 2006 Bhansali joined the TV prodution by participatung himself as a reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Farah Khan and Shilpa Shetty.[7]

Bhansali staged the opera Padmavati, an adoption to 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel, in 2008. [8] First show premiered in paris in the prestigious theatre Chatelet in Paris and next in Italian Festival at Spoletto received 15 mins standing ovation. [9] Bhasali received many positive comments from International critics for his work.[10]

In 2010, Bhansali released Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. He also made his debut in music direction with this film.[11] Later in 2012, Bhansali produced Rowdy Rathore, a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha; and directed by Prabhu Deva.

His next directorial film Ram Leela released on 15th November, 2013 and stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. His future project is titled "Chenab Gandhi" directed by Vibhu Puri and written by Bhavani Iyer, who also wrote for Black. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajeev Khandelwal and Rani Mukherjee. The film centers on Indian freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also known as Frontier Gandhi.[12]

He has been a judge on Indian music talent show X Factor season 1. [7]

In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show Saraswatichandra, which currently airs on Star Plus. This show started airing on 25 February 2013, and stars Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget.



Year Title Director Producer Writer Music Director
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Yes Yes
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Yes Yes Yes
2002 Devdas Yes
2005 Black Yes Yes
2007 Saawariya Yes Yes Yes
2010 Guzaarish Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 My Friend Pinto Yes
2012 Rowdy Rathore Yes
2012 Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Yes Yes
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 Gabbar Yes
2015 Bajirao Mastani Yes Yes Yes



  • 2008 - Stage Opera Padmavati (Director) [13] [14]

Television Show Judge[edit]


Filmfare Awards
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards
National Film Awards
(Shared with producer of the film Bharat Shah)
Citation: For its technical finesse and its modern reinterpretation of an enduring classic.[24]
(Shared with co-producer of the film Anshuman Swami)
Citation: For a stylised and visually vibrant tale of a physically challenged child who learns to live and become an achiever against insurmountable odds.[25]
Screen Awards
  • 2003: Screen Award for Best Director - Devdas[26]
  • 2003: Screen Award for Best Film - Devdas[26]
  • 2000: Zee Gold Award - Best Director - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam[27]
  • 2000: Zee Gold Award - Best Screenplay - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Shared with Kenneth Phillips)[27]
  • 2005 - Stardust Special Award - Black[28]
Zee Cine Awards


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  2. ^ "Khamoshi (Silence: The Musical) Review". Channel 4. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Box Office 1999". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Box Office 2002". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  5. ^ ""Black" selected amongst 10 best films of 2005 by Time magazine". 2005-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Box Office 2003". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
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  11. ^ "Roshan Raahein". 2008-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Bhansali's back in the black mood". 2008-05-24. 
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  15. ^ a b "The Winners - 1999". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "The Winners - 2002". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Winners of 51st Fair One Filmfare Awards". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Shah Rukh starrer MNIK leads Filmfare nominations". Zee News. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Filmfare Awards 2014: The list of nominees". IBN Live. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d Paran Balakrishnan (27 June 2000). "Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam sweeps IIFA awards". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "IIFA Awards ceremony begins". Times of India. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Black makes a clean sweep of IIFA awards". Dubai: The Hindu. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
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  24. ^ "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  26. ^ a b Subhash K. Jha (17 January 2003). "Rich haul for Devdas at Screen-Videocon Awards". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  27. ^ a b Aseem Chhabra (8 June 2000). "Mixed bag at Zee Gold awards show". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "Hrithik, Preity get best actor awards". Indian Express. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  29. ^ a b c "Lux Zee Cine Awards announced". March 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  30. ^ a b Roy, Indranil (5 March 2006). "‘Black’ does a whitewash at Zee Cine Awards". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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