Marital Status: Unmarried
Age: 60 Years
|Profession(s)||Film 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 Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||24 February 1963|
|Age (as of 2023)||60 Years|
|Birthplace||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|College||Film and Television Institute of India, Pune|
|Educational Qualification||Course in Editing|
|Debut||Film (Director): Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
Film (Music Director): Guzaarish (2010)
TV Debut (As a Judge): Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 1 (2006)
|Family||Father- Navin Bhansali (Film Producer)
Mother- Leela Bhansali (used to stitch clothes)
Sister- Bela Segal
|Hobbies||Reading poetry, listening to vintage music|
|Controversies||Padmaavat Controversy- In early 2017, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was reportedly beaten up by the members of the 'Shri Rajput Karni Sena' on the sets of his film, Padmaavat, in Jaipur. The community was upset by the news of alleged love scenes between Padmaavat (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.
• 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.
• In November 2017, the protest against the release of Padmaavat by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena picked up due to the alleged distorted history related to Rajput queen Padmini shown in the film trailer. The film was supposed to get released on 1 December 2017, but due to the protest by the Rajput community and security concerns of the state governments, the release of the film got delayed to make the concerned changes in the film. After the five changes recommended by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), such as - title change of the film from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmaavat', changes in the song 'Ghoomar', and changes in the references to historical places, the film was given a clean chit and given the release date of 25 January 2018.
|Movies||Bollywood: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Hollywood: Ship of Theseus (2012)
|Musician||A. R. Rahman|
|Vocalist||Bade Ghulam Ali Khan|
|Song||Mor Bani Thanghat Kare (Gujarati Folk Song)|
|Actors||Dada Kondke, Dilip Kumar|
|Actresses||Helen, Madhuri Dixit|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Vaibhavi Merchant, Choreographer (Ex-fiancee)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- 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 reviews, it 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.
- He is an introvert and is thus hardly spotted at Bollywood parties and events.
- Bhansali won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the film “Padmaavat” in 2019.
- In January 2023, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a list of 301 feature films eligible for Oscars including Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. NDTV