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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
is an Indian
. He is an
Film and Television Institute of India
Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali. He founded
, a film production house, in 1999.
Bhansali began his career as an assistant to
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
and was involved in the making of
1942: A Love Story
. However, both had a fall out when Bhansali refused to direct
and made his directorial debut with
Khamoshi: The Musical
, the commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed narration of a daughter[replacesinglequotehere]s struggle to communicate with her deaf mute parents.
His second film was a triangle love story,
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Starring Salman Khan,Aishwarya Rai,Ajay Devgan which established his individualistic stamp for visual splendour and creating auras of celebration and festivity. The film was a great success and won numerous awards.
His next film,
Shah Rukh Khan
, was Bhansali[replacesinglequotehere]s ode to the novel
of the same name
which became the highest grossing movie.
It also was
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
. Then came
Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji
, which stood fifth in
10 Best Movies of the Year 2005
from across the globe.
was met with sharp criticism and poor collections at the box office.
In 2006 Bhansali joined the TV production by participatung himself as a reality TV show
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Bhansali staged the opera
, an adoption to 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel, in 2008.
First show premiered in paris in the prestigious theatre Chatelet in Paris and next in Italian Festival at Spoletto received 15 mins standing ovation.
Bhasali received many positive comments from International critics for his work.
In 2010, Bhansali released
and Aishwarya Rai. He also made his debut in music direction with this film.
Later in 2012, Bhansali produced
, a remake of the
; and directed by
His next directorial film
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
, an adaptation of Shakespeare[replacesinglequotehere]s
Romeo and Juliet
in the lead roles.
His next directorial venture is the period romance
, based on the love story between
Baji Rao I
and his second wife
. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will play the two title roles, while
will play Bajirao[replacesinglequotehere]s first wife Kashibai.
The film was announced in 2003 and was constantly in the news regarding the cast, including such actors as
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
He has been a judge on Indian music talent show
In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show