Today, Sanjay Leela Bhansali completes 25 years in the Indian film industry. With nine magnum opuses like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999), ‘Devdas’ (2002), ‘Black’ (2005), ‘Saawariya’ (2007), ‘Ram Leela’ (2013), ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015) and ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) to his name, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has carved a special niche as a filmmaker. As he completes quarter of a century in Bollywood, he is currently working on his tenth film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.
Celebrating his 25 years of great cinema, Bhansali Productions posted a showreel of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s legacy on social media. The reel has taken the internet by storm and includes all the iconic spectacles, dialogues and artistes across every one of the nine movies that he has created so far.
Speaking about his journey thus far, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “It has been 25 incredible years, indeed! In all the movies I have made so far, every moment has been heartfelt – the colours you see on the wall, the songs, the backgrounds, every thread on every costume, every dialogue, the lighting, every carving and architecture had a lot of thought that went into it. That’s why I like to call them ‘handmade films’. These handmade films would not have been possible without the effort of every person behind the movie who has put in their hard work. I have enjoyed every minute of making films these 25 years… and still a long way to go.”
In his 25 years, he has put India on the global map of cinema with movies like ‘Devdas’ (2002) premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. The movie was also nominated for British Academy of Film and Television Awards for Best Film Not in the English Language. His Big B and Rani Mukherji starrer, ‘Black’ (2005), inspired by the life of Helen Keller stood fifth in Time’s “10 Best Movies of the Year 2005” (Europe) amongst films from across the world.
Not only that, but he has changed the face of Indian cinema by stirring a movement that focuses on artistic sets, clean direction and thematic backdrops. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s signature style of highly choreographed sequences and larger-than-life mega-musicals are somehow still rooted in realism.
A music connoisseur, Sanjay Leela Bhansali turned music director over the years. His movies have given us some memorable melodies such as “Ram Chahe Leela”, “Tattad Tattad”, “Lahu Munh Lag Gaya”, “Ghoomar”, “Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje”, “Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan”, “Chand Chupa Baadal Mein”, “Nimbooda”, “Mastani”, “Saawariya”, “Jab Se Tere Naina”. He has also produced movies like ‘My Friend Pinto’ (2011), ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ (2012), ‘Rowdy Rathore’ (2012), ‘Mary Kom’ (2014) and ‘Gabbar Is Back’ (2015). As a writer, he has 13 credits to his name and has penned some of his work including ‘Black’ (2005), ‘Guzaarish’ (2010), ‘Ram Leela’ (2013), ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015) and ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) amongst others.
In 2015, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was honoured with the Padma Shri. He has a legacy of 38 awards to his name including National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Mirchi Music Awards, Screen Awards, IIFA Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Zee Gold Awards.