Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of those filmmakers that every actor or actress wants to work with. The highly acclaimed Indian director, known for bringing love, color and grandeur to the screen, is celebrating his 58th birthday today. He started his career by assisting Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the directing of Parinda, 1942 A Love Story and Kareeb. He later made his directorial debut through Khamoshi: The Musical, the film which had a critically acclaimed narrative. Years after years, he has brought magical love stories that are unforgettable and make us believe in the magic of love that transcends all barriers and touches your heart. As he ages a year, here are some of his best works:
1. Hum Dil By Chuke Sanam:
The film was based on the story of Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) who is torn between infatuation and true love. Also starring Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn, this 1999 film showed us how to find true love in the most unexpected ways possible, and how much more love is than just being physically together.
Devdas, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit is a romantic drama film set in the early 1900s which was adapted from a novel of the same name. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was highly regarded for his work and the highlight of the film was undoubtedly the emotionally moving performances seen by the lead duo of Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Devdas was a big success and was able to win 10 Filmfare awards. It also placed second among the films that won the most Filmfare awards.
3. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela:
Sanjay’s favorite actors Leela Bhasali, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, have all impressed us at Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. The film, which was SLB’s ode to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, was not only a visual treat, but a heart-wrenching emotional drama as well. Infused with passionate love and intense hatred in equal measure, the lovers made a striking appearance in a world created by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
4. Bajirao Mastani:
With the lavish sets used for the film, the choice of awe-inspiring costumes, elaborately choreographed war sequences, haunting cinematography, an engaging story filled with stellar performances, Bajirao Mastani turned out to be a blockbuster and was one of the biggest hit of 2015. He had a collection of nine Filmfare statuettes.
His most controversial film Padmaavat, which hit theaters in 2018, portrayed a magical love story between Rani Padmavat and Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and all the struggles and sacrifices that arise when two souls become one.
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