Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Bhansali at an X Factor Event in 2011
Born (1963-02-24) 24 February 1963
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Filmmaker, screenwriter
Religion Jainism

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian film director, auteur, 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. As His mother was shepherd and his Dad Was Rajput. After Giving birth to sanjay his father left her 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.[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. It 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 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 participated 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 made his debut in music direction with this film.[13] In 2012, Bhansali produced Rowdy Rathore, a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Prabhu Deva.

Sanjay, Ranveer and Deepika smiles away the camera
Bhansali with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone during the trailer launch of Ram-Leela in 2013

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.

He has been a judge on Indian music talent show X Factor India Season 1.[8] 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.[14] It received tremendous critical acclaim and was listed among the best films of 2015 by many sources,[15][16][17] besides emerging as a box-office success.[18] Bhansali won the National Award for Best Direction for Bajirao Mastani.[19]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Music Director Assistant Director
1989 Parinda Yes
1994 1942: A Love Story Yes
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Yes Yes
1998 Kareeb 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
2016 Laal Ishq Yes
2017 Padmavati Yes Yes Yes

Frequent actor collaborations

Actors Khamoshi: The Musical
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
Bajirao Mastani
Priyanka Chopra
Vijay Crishna
Salman Khan
Rani Mukerji
Deepika Padukone
Shernaz Patel
Aishwarya Rai
Zohra Sehgal
Ranveer Singh



Television show judge


National Film Awards
Year Category Film Winner as Citation Result
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Devdas Director For its technical finesse and its modern reinterpretation of an enduring classic.[22] 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.[23]
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.
Filmfare Awards
Year Category Film Result
1997 Critics Award for Best Film Khamoshi: The Musical[24] Won
2000 Best Director Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam[25]
2000 Best Film Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam[25]
2003 Best Director Award Devdas[26]
2003 Best Film Award Devdas[26]
2006 Best Director Award Black[27]
2006 Best Film Award Black[27]
2006 Critics Award for Best Film Black[24]
2011 Best Director Award Guzaarish[28] Nominated
2014 Best Director Award Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela[29]
2014 Best Film Award Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela[29]
2014 Best Music Director Award Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela[29]
2015 Best Film Award Mary Kom
2016 Best Director Award Bajirao Mastani Won
2016 Best Film Award Bajirao Mastani
Screen Awards
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards
Zee Cine Awards


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