From Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas to Padmaavat and now Gangubai Kathiawadi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali rose from the chawl to build a life of his own. The director has brought the right view and perspective to the Bollywood industry. His grandeur creative sense motivates the aspiring directors in the country and abroad. He is also a musician who made the debut in this field with Guzaarish then went on to compose soundtracks for Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. The actors who work with him heap praise because of his inspiring and motivating attitude. Now that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has his birthday today, here’s looking back to all the praises he has received.
Happy Birthday Sanjay Leela Bhansali: When Shah Rukh Khan to Ranveer Singh, Actors Praised Director
Shah Rukh Khan
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a fantastic director and he always has lots of stories to tell. He loves both me and Salman. He comes and tells me all his stories, lekin yeh waali abhi tak bataya nahi hai usne (smiles). The only film that I have committed to doing right now is Mr Mahesh Mathai’s Rakesh Sharma biopic (tentatively titled Salute).
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
I hear Sanjay has said in an interview that he cast me as Paro because he could see, in my eyes, the personal pain that I was going through. I just hope he’s happy with my Paro.”
There are advantages and challenges of working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As an actor, he brings out the best in me. For an actor, there is no better feeling creatively. The way he pushes you challenges you, I think for me these are the things that drive me to do a Bhansali film. It’s difficult for me and him to bring something new each time. It’s an amazing collaboration. But it’s up to him to bring out something new from me and Ranveer Singh, and for us as actors to do something different each time.
When I try to describe the way he (Bhansali) is with actors, I run out of words. It’s truly inexplicable the way he manages to extract great performances from his actors. It’s just a gift that he has. I truly regard him as one of the greatest filmmakers of Hindi cinema of all time. His form and flamboyance are unique to him and there are some things that only he can do.”