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 51–52)
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Gujarati
Occupation Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Music Director, Television Producer

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.[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 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. 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 novel of the same name which became the highest grossing film of 2002.[4] It also 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)"[5] 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.[6] Bhansali's Saawariya was met with sharp criticism and poor collections at the box office.[7]

In 2006 Bhansali joined the TV production by participating as a judge on reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Farah Khan and Shilpa Shetty.[8]

In 2008, Bhansali staged the opera Padmavati, an adaption of the 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel.[9] 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."[10][11] Bhansali received many positive comments from international critics for his work.[12]

In 2010, Bhansali released Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. He also made his debut in music direction with this film.[13] 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.

In 2013, Bhansali directed Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, starred Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.

His next directorial venture is the period romance Bajirao Mastani, based on the love story between Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will play the two title roles, while Priyanka Chopra will play Bajirao's first wife Kashibai.[14][15] 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.[16]

He has been a judge on Indian music talent show X Factor Season 1.[8]

In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show Saraswatichandra starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget.



Year Title Director Producer Writer Music Director Editor
1989 Parinda
1994 1942: A Love Story
1998 Kareeb
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 Raasleela Ram-Leela Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Mary Kom Yes
2015 Gabbar is Back Yes
2015 Bajirao Mastani Yes Yes Yes



  • 2008 – Stage Opera Padmavati (Director)[17][18]

Television show judge[edit]


  • He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.[19]
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.[30]
(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.[31]
  • 2015: National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment - Mary Kom
Screen Awards
  • 2003: Screen Award for Best Director – Devdas[32]
  • 2003: Screen Award for Best Film – Devdas[32]
  • 2000: Zee Gold Award – Best Director – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam[33]
  • 2000: Zee Gold Award – Best Screenplay – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Shared with Kenneth Phillips)[33]
  • 2005: Stardust Special AwardBlack[34]
Zee Cine Awards


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  2. ^ "Khamoshi (Silence: The Musical) Review". Channel 4. Retrieved 14 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Box Office 1999". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Box Office 2002". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "The 10 Great Movies of the Millennium (Thus Far)". 17 May 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Black" selected amongst 10 of the best films of 2005 by Time magazine". 30 December 2005. 
  7. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Sanjay Leela Bhansali gets into TV soaps - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Roy, Amit (29 June 2008). "Indian opera goes to Italy". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Devdas' experience helped Bhansali with 'Padmavati". Reuters. 17 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Roshan Raahein". 6 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ranveer – Deepika are Sanjay Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani". Bollywood Hungama. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Priyanka, Ranveer will play brother-sister and then husband-wife?". Times of India. April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kareena's Plum Assignments". Bollywood Hungama. 1 July 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bhansali happy with 'baby' - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 1 July 2008. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "The Winners – 1999". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "The Winners – 2002". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Winners of 51st Fair One Filmfare Awards". India Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Shah Rukh starrer MNIK leads Filmfare nominations". Zee News. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "Filmfare Awards 2014: The list of nominees". IBN Live. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c d Paran Balakrishnan (27 June 2000). "Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam sweeps IIFA awards". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "IIFA Awards ceremony begins". Times of India. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Black makes a clean sweep of IIFA awards". Dubai: The Hindu. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  29. ^
  30. ^ "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  32. ^ a b Subhash K. Jha (17 January 2003). "Rich haul for Devdas at Screen-Videocon Awards". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  33. ^ a b Aseem Chhabra (8 June 2000). "Mixed bag at Zee Gold awards show". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  34. ^ "Hrithik, Preity get best actor awards". Indian Express. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c "Lux Zee Cine Awards announced". March 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  36. ^ 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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