Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a multi-talented filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced a number of films. He is best known for his National Film Awards-winning films Devdas (2002), Black (2005), Mary Kom (2014), and Bajirao Mastani (2015). Sanjay Leela Bhansali Wiki includes information such as his height, weight, age, girlfriend, wife, caste, family, biography, and more.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, on February 24, 1963. In 2015, the Indian government bestowed the Padma Shri upon him. He was a member of India’s Film and Television Institute (FTII). He founded Bhansali Productions in 1997 and has produced several films under his banner, including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Guzaarish (2010), and others.
He stands about 5’9″ tall and weighs about 75 kg. His eyes are dark brown, and his hair is white.
Family, Caste & Girlfriend
He was born to Navin Bhansali, a film maker, and Leela Bhansali, a seamstress, into a Gujarati Kshatriya (Solanki) family. Bela Segal is his younger sister.
He was dating Vaibhavi Merchant, a choreographer, with whom he got engaged, but they later split up.
Sanjay began working as an assistant director after completing his studies, assisting director Vidhu Vinod Chopra on the films Parinda and 1942: A Love Story. In 1996, he wrote and directed his first film, Khamoshi: The Musical, which was not a commercial success but won critical acclaim for its plot. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, his second directorial film, was a big success and screened at the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India in 1999. Devdas (2002), his third directorial effort, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film by India. His film Black (2005) was nominated for an unprecedented eleven Filmfare awards.
He judged the dance reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 1 with Shilpa Shetty and Farah Khan in 2006, and the music talent TV show X Factor India with Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam in 2011.
He directed the stage opera Padmavati in 2008. When the first performance finished, the show got fifteen minutes of standing ovation and seven curtain calls at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Guzaarish, a film he wrote, directed, made, and even composed the music for, was released in 2010. His film Mary Kom (2014) was the first Hindi film to be shown on the festival’s opening night at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
He produced the Hindi TV series Saraswatichandra in 2013, which received good reviews, but he left after only producing a few episodes. Bajirao Mastani (2015), one of the highest-grossing Indian films, was also screened in the Indian Panorama section of the 2016 International Film Festival of India. He released his first Marathi film, Laal Ishq, in 2016.
During his film career, he has been involved in a variety of scandals.
Some religious people objected to his directing film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela in 2013. They believed that the film’s previous title, Ramleela, was misleading since there was not a single scene relevant to Ramlila (story of Lord Rama). The Delhi High Court ordered the film’s release to be halted, arguing that it offends Hindu religious sentiments. The title of the film was then changed to Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela, and it was released in India on time, but it was banned by the Allahabad High Court, and it was not released in Uttar Pradesh.
During the filming of Padmaavat, which was originally titled Padmavati Padmavati, members of the Rajput caste organisation Shri Rajput Karni Sena physically assaulted him, alleging that he depicted some false facts in the film. They went so far as to attempt to break the sets. In March 2017, a group of people attacked the production set in Kolhapur and set fire to it, destroying nearly all of the costumes and jewellery.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali enjoys reading poetry and listening to old music in his spare time.
- His all-time favourite film is Mughal-E-Azam (1960).
- His favourite Gujarati song is Mor Bani Thanghat Kare, and his favourite musician is A.R. Rahman.
- Dada Kondke and Dilip Kumar are his favourite stars, and Helen and Madhuri Dixit are his favourite actresses.
- For the film “Padmaavat,” he won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 2019.