The powerhouse of talent, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an epic director whose movies are seen as paintings. Famous for his huge sets designed with lavish clothes, vivid cinematography and of course meaningful stories that would make you tear and cry. What surprises the audiences the most is the music of his films. His films are well received across the nation, especially for its emotional content and music. He is known for his larger than life artistic perspective. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one man every Bollywood star wants to work with.
Let’s have a look at 5 iconic movies of Sanjay Leela Bhansali
5Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
The romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam starring Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgan is his first box office hit which marked him as one of the finest directors of India. The story was adapted from a Bengali novel which was based on a love triangle. From huge sets to lavish clothes and of course a story that would make you tear and cry, the movie was undoubtedly the best, packed with superb acting, beautiful costumes and dazzling scenery. This was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. The film won a lot of critical acclaim and awards, including three National awards, nine Filmfare and eleven IIFA awards.
It was essentially Bhansali’s exceptional direction that earned the movie its rave reviews. Devdas was visually extravagant filled to the brim with elaborate sets and stunning costumes, sporting an amazing variety of colours, lighting, and visual flair, showing off breathtaking and intricate dance sequences and exuding catchy, melodic music. The film was screened at 2002 Cannes Film Festival and was also screened retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian Cinema section. Devdas won the Filmfare Award for Best Film. The film also won five National Awards and a further ten Filmfare Awards.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali created an entirely new definition of entertainment by giving us a work of art. He has created a work that freezes all superlatives. It takes a while to come out of the awesome and overpowering emotions of Bhansali’s world. Black is an inspiring tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her BLACK world. If there is one director who treads only the path of making brilliant movies, then he has to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India and It won the Filmfare Award for best film. Time Magazine (Europe) selected the film as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from around the globe.
Ram Leela is an enthralling, sparkling and compelling love story. The hi-octane drama, the blazing guns, the passionate romance, the haunting melodies, the heart-melting emotions, Bhansali is an exceptional director with a remarkable vision and Ram-Leela only bolsters the actuality. His attention to detail is awe-inspiring. He creates the magical outburst of colours and imagery that is so unique. A candle, a lamp, a chandelier, curtains, wall paint, the lighting everything is perfectly arranged in a way to take your breath away by its beauty. The film became the fifth highest-grossing film of 2013 and won three Filmfare Awards and other numerous awards.
Every Bhansali film is stunning visual aesthetic, immaculately choreographed songs, and an imposing sense of scale. His latest, Bajirao Mastani, doesn’t disappoint on any of these counts. This movie was based on a true historical account of Maratha General, Peshwa Bajirao and a Muslim princess, Mastani. The film grossed more than 350 crores at the box-office, emerging as one of the biggest Indian films of all time. The film received several accolades at various award ceremonies across India. At the 63rd National Film Awards, Bajirao Mastani received seven awards, including Best Direction.