Sanjay Leela Bhansali
|Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
Bhansali at an X Factor Event in 2011
24 February 1963 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, and music director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali. His mother was a shepherd and his father was a Rajput. After Sanjay was born, his father left his mother. He is the founder of a production house, Bhansali Productions.
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, they had a fall out when Bhansali refused to direct Kareeb. He 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. His second film was a triangular love story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, starring Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgan which established his individualistic stamp for visual splendor and creating auras of celebration and festivity. It was a great success and won numerous awards.
His next film, Devdas, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, was Bhansali's ode to the novel of the same name which became the highest-grossing film of 2002. It was India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It stood eighth in Time magazine's "The 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium (Thus Far)". Then came Black, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, which stood fifth in Time (Europe)'s "10 Best Movies of the Year 2005" among films from across the world. Bhansali's Saawariya was met with sharp criticism and poor collections at the box office.
In 2008, Bhansali staged the opera Padmavati, an adaption of the 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel. The first show premiered in Paris at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet and next at the Festival dei Due Mondi, where it received "fifteen minutes of standing ovation and seven curtain calls at the end of the first show." Bhansali received many positive comments from international critics for his work.
In 2010, Bhansali released Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. He made his debut in music direction with this film. In 2012, Bhansali produced Rowdy Rathore, a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Prabhu Deva.
He has been a judge on Indian music talent show X Factor India Season 1. In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show Saraswatichandra starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget. Later he left it after few episodes.
Bhansali's next directorial venture was the period romance Bajirao Mastani (2015), based on the love story between Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone played the title roles, while Priyanka Chopra played Bajirao's first wife Kashibai. The film was announced in 2003 and was constantly in the news regarding the cast, including such actors as Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. It received tremendous critical acclaim and was listed among the best films of 2015 by many sources, besides emerging as a box-office success. Bhansali won the National Award for Best Direction for Bajirao Mastani.
|Year||Title||Director||Producer||Writer||Editor||Music Director||Assistant Director|
|1994||1942: A Love Story||Yes|
|1996||Khamoshi: The Musical||Yes||Yes|
|1999||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||My Friend Pinto||Yes|
|2012||Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi||Yes||Yes|
|2013||Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2015||Gabbar is Back||Yes|
Frequent actor collaborations
|Hum Dil De
- 2013 – Saraswatichandra (Producer)
Television show judge
|Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Devdas||Director||For its technical finesse and its modern reinterpretation of an enduring classic.||Won|
|Best Feature Film in Hindi||Black||Director and Producer||For a stylised and visually vibrant tale of a physically challenged child who learns to live and become an achiever against insurmountable odds.|
|Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Mary Kom||Producer||For an inspiring tale of a woman who becomes a national icon through her determined pursuit of sporting excellence.|
|National Film Award for Best Direction||Bajirao Mastani||Best Director||For the masterful handling of all aspects of the medium of cinema to weave a tragic love story within a grand historic drama.|
|1997||Critics Award for Best Film||Khamoshi: The Musical||Won|
|2000||Best Director Award||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam|
|2000||Best Film Award||Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam|
|2003||Best Director Award||Devdas|
|2003||Best Film Award||Devdas|
|2006||Best Director Award||Black|
|2006||Best Film Award||Black|
|2006||Critics Award for Best Film||Black|
|2011||Best Director Award||Guzaarish||Nominated|
|2014||Best Director Award||Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela|
|2014||Best Film Award||Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela|
|2014||Best Music Director Award||Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela|
|2015||Best Film Award||Mary Kom|
|2016||Best Director Award||Bajirao Mastani||Won|
|2016||Best Film Award||Bajirao Mastani|
- 2000: IIFA Best Director Award – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: IIFA Best Movie Award – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: IIFA Best Screenplay – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Shared with Kenneth Phillips)
- 2000: IIFA Best Story – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Shared with Pratap Karvat)
- 2003: IIFA Best Director Award – Devdas
- 2006: IIFA Best Director Award – Black
- 2006: IIFA Best Movie Award – Black
- 2014: IIFA Best Director Award – Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela – (Nominated)
- 2016: IIFA Best Director Award - Bajirao Mastani
- 2000: Zee Cine Best Director Award – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: Zee Cine Best Film Award – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: Zee Cine Best Story Award – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (shared with Prakash Karwat)
- 2005: Zee Cine Best Director Award – Black
- 2005: Zee Cine Best Film Award – Black
- 2000: Zee Gold Award – Best Director – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2000: Zee Gold Award – Best Screenplay – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Shared with Kenneth Phillips)
- 2005: Stardust Special Award – Black
- 2015: He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.
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