Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the artist who beautifully crafted his imagination on 70mm silver screen and bewitched the audience, opened up about his life and love for cinema. He started his magic with ‘
and now, finally, his silence is appreciated and applauded.
His scenic and grand sets display his passion for cinema. The depth in his love stories is portrayed with such high-intensity and fieriness of romance, keeping everyone soaked and illuminated till the very end. This supremely talented filmmaker, on his 53rd birthday spoke his heart out.
His opinion on the protests against his movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’:
“How can you protest without knowing what it really is? It’s traumatic to have cases and complaints lodged against you, especially while you are shooting. But, thank god, nothing stopped us from shooting the film. I think people dealing with historical movies will always have to deal with this.”
He also felt that a lot of people were protesting without even having seen the film. He was just glorifying history, not bringing it down.
Dealing with a failure like ‘Saawariya’: “Every human being is equipped with shock absorbers. Of course, you become lonely at that time. Friends around you just vanish when you fail. After ‘Saawariya’, I had people from my own office get up and leave, but some stood by me. I feel one should leave failures behind, dust oneself up and get back to work.”
Luckily, he was given an opportunity to direct opera in Paris after ‘Saawariya’ bombed at the box-office; it was a game changer for him. He regained his lost confidence.
He wants to keep his personal life private: “I feel that’s something I don’t need to talk about. Some things should not be discussed in public. You cannot make a romantic film unless you yourself are romantic. You have to be a lover to make a romantic film. As far as my relationships go, you will never get to know.”
“People know me for my work and there’s a perception about me being rude on the sets, which is not true.”
What cinema means to him:
“To be deprived of all beauty in the chawl where I stayed… it had no colour on the wall, no furniture; there was only a small kitchen. However, I was an imaginative child and all that I was deprived of or aspired for then, find reflection in my films. For me, making films is more than telling a story with many references to my life”
He believes that ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ are the most beautiful films of his life.
This magical scene still gives me the chills.