'Khamoshi' to 'Gangubai Kathiawadi': Celebrating 25 glorious years of Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali marked his silver jubilee in the Indian film industry recently. He is known for giving the best cinema experiences to the cinephiles, as the grandeur he projects in his magnum opus films is marvellous.
On several occasions, Bhansali has expressed his love for movies. In an interview, he said that he could never stop making movies. His passion for films was visible from his first directorial venture, 'Khamoshi - The Musical'. Although the film did not do great at the box office, it received several awards and accolades from the audiences and critics.
Bhansali has achieved superior stature in his life in the form of a movie director. After overcoming so many obstacles, creating such a benchmark was not an easy task. Although there were times when his films didn't do well at the theatres, the good thing was that those films covered a few beautiful elements.
The foremost attribute about Bhansali movies that captivate the audiences is the larger than life portrayal of characters. He never loses the aesthetics of a film, whether it be costume, set design, cinematography, music or choreography everything looks picture perfect!
SLB also focuses on the impeccable portrayal of the cultures and traditions in his films. The depiction of Durga Pooja in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Devdas' showcased typical Bengali culture and the importance of using the soil from brothels for making Goddess Durga's idols. In Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's 'Ram Leela', the Gujarati folk culture and community was perfectly manifested. Who could forget the masterpiece 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' starring Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ajay Devgn where melody met drama precisely. The representation of Maratha cultures and traditions was on point in Ranveer, Deepika and Priyanka Chopra Jonas' 'Bajirao Mastani'. The same goes for DeepVeer and Shahid Kapoor's 'Padmaavat'. Although Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor's 'Saawariya' didn't do well at the box office, the filmmaker had thoroughly focused on the details of Muslim culture and their festival. Costumes, make-up, songs, dance are the chief principles of an SLB movie.
Bhansali stepped into music direction with the 2010 film Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Guzaarish'. He believed that his ideas were getting lost in the translation. Hence, the music directors couldn't deliver as per his expectations. Therefore, he started music direction as well. He always felt that music is the soul of a film and, it connects well with visuals. In music direction, his focus was on how to indulge folk music with contemporary and western music. As per reports, Bhansali also likes to give inputs on the choreography of his songs. After all, he started his career as a choreographer in the movie 'Love Story: 1942'. He has various accolades to his name like Filmfare Awards, National awards, Padma Shri, BAFTA nomination and, much more.
These 25 years of Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been glorious, illustrious and larger than life on screen. The audiences are always curious about Bhansali's next project. His upcoming movie 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' based on the novel ‘The Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ features Alia Bhatt in a lead. The actress is essaying the role of the most powerful, loved and respected madame from Kamathipura which is Mumbai’s red-light area. The teaser of the film has already created much hype and cinephiles are eagerly waiting for the release.