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Bio
Real NameSanjay Leela Bhansali
NicknameNot Known
ProfessionFilm Director, Producer, Music Director, Screenwriter
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 174 cm
in meters- 1.74 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8½”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 73 kg
in Pounds- 161 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 February 1963
Age (as in 2017)54 Years
Birth PlaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
NationalityIndian
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolNot Known
CollegeFilm and Television Institute of India, Pune
Educational QualificationCourse in Editing
DebutFilm (Director): Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
Khamoshi The Musical poster
Film (Music Director): Guzaarish (2010)
TV Debut (As a Judge): Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 1 (2006)
FamilyFather- Navin Bhansali (Film Producer)
Mother- Leela Bhansali (used to stitch clothes)
Brothers- N/A
Sister- Bela Segal
Sanjay Leela Bhansali with his mother and sister
ReligionHinduism
HobbiesReading poetry, listening to vintage music
Controversies• In early 2017, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was reportedly beaten up by the members of the Rajput Karni Sena on the sets of his film, Padmavati, in Jaipur. The community was upset by the news of alleged love scenes between Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). However, Bhansali soon cleared the air and said that the news about intimate scenes between the leads is just hearsay. Later, Bhansali even sent a letter to the community asking for their support and co-operation.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali Padmavati open letter

• In a similar incident, an angry mob vandalized the sets of the movie in Kohlapur. Not only did the mob set the main stage on fire, it also damaged the cars parked around the sets. Reportedly, a horse was also badly injured during this incident.
Favourite Things
Favourite MoviesBollywood: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Hollywood: Ship of Theseus (2012)
Favourite MusicianA. R. Rahman
Favourite VocalistBade Ghulam Ali Khan
Favourite SongMor Bani Thanghat Kare (Gujarati Folk Song)
Favourite ActorsDada Kondke, Dilip Kumar
Favourite ActressesHelen, Madhuri Dixit
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Vaibhavi Merchant, Choreographer (Ex-fiancee)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali dated Vaibhavi Merchant
Wife/SpouseN/A
ChildrenSon- N/A
Daughter- N/A

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Leela Bhansali

  • Does Sanjay Leela Bhansali smoke: Not Known
  • Does Sanjay Leela Bhansali drink alcohol: Not Known
  • Since his father, Navin Bhansali, was a film producer, Sanjay was always surrounded by actors and directors. He was fascinated by the art of ‘Direction’ so much so, that in only his 2nd standard, he decided as to what profession he will choose in the future.
  • His father, however, couldn’t be a successful producer and thus knew the struggle that comes associated with the film industry. Hence, his father advised young Bhansali to pursue a career in some other field.
  • Before making his full-fledged directorial debut, Bhansali worked as an ‘assistant’ to director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The duo directed two movies together namely Parinda (1989), 1942: A love Story (1994).
  • However, the two had an ugly altercation when Bhansali refused to work with Vidhu Vinod Chopra for their third film, Kareeb (1998).
  • Although Bhansali’s debut film, Khamoshi: The Musical, garnered good critical reviewsit failed to perform well at the box office.
  • Success wasn’t far away from him though, as his second movie, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), starring Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgan, became a blockbuster hit.
  • Though he maintains a calm disposition on camera, Bhansali is notorious for his bad temper on the sets. It is believed that because of this negative trait, Bhansali had a fallout with actor Salman Khan. The two are not even on talking terms let alone working together.
  • Stars were now completely on Bhansali’s side as his next movie, Devdas, became the ‘highest-grossing film of 2002.’
  • In 2008, Bhansali staged the opera, Padmavati, an adaption of the 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel. While the first show premiered at the prestigious ‘Théâtre du Châtelet’, Paris, the second one was showcased at the ‘Festival Dei Due Mondi’. At the 2nd venue, the opera received “fifteen minutes of standing ovation and 7 curtain calls at the end of the show.”
  • Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Notably, the film made garnered over 100 Crore INR and marked Deepika Padukone‘s 4th blockbuster of the year.
  • The duo of Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone again proved lucky for him as he was awarded the “National Award in the Best Director category” for his movie, Bajirao Mastani. Interestingly, Bhansali had first announced the film in 2003; however, it took him around 11 years to finalize the project. Sanjay Leela Bhansali receiving National award
  • He is an introvert and is thus hardly spotted at Bollywood parties and events.
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