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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali at X Factor Finalists Introduction Event, 2011
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Mumbai , India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director , Film producer , Music Director , Television producer

Last updated on 7 July 2014 at 21:13.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian film director . He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India . [ 1 ] Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali. He founded SLB Films , a film production house, in 1999.

Bhansali began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in the making of Parinda , 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb . However, both had a fall out when Bhansali refused to direct Kareeb 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. [ 2 ] 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. [ 3 ] His next film, Devdas starring Shah Rukh Khan , Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit , was Bhansali[replacesinglequotehere]s ode to the novel of the same name which became the highest grossing movie. [ 4 ] It also was Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film . Then came Black Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji , which stood fifth in Time Magazine (Europe)[replacesinglequotehere]s 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe. [ 5 ] Bhansali Saawariya was met with sharp criticism and poor collections at the box office. [ 6 ]

In 2006 Bhansali joined the TV production by participatung himself as a reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Farah Khan and Shilpa Shetty . [ 7 ]

Bhansali staged the opera Padmavati , an adoption to 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel, in 2008. [ 8 ] First show premiered in paris in the prestigious theatre Chatelet in Paris and next in Italian Festival at Spoletto received 15 mins standing ovation. [ 9 ] Bhasali received many positive comments from International critics for his work. [ 10 ]

In 2010, Bhansali released Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. He also made his debut in music direction with this film. [ 11 ] Later in 2012, Bhansali produced Rowdy Rathore , a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu , starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha ; and directed by Prabhu Deva .

His next directorial film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela , an adaptation of Shakespeare[replacesinglequotehere]s Romeo and Juliet , starred Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.

His next directorial venture is the period romance Bajirao Mastani , based on the love story between Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani . Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will play the two title roles, while Priyanka Chopra will play Bajirao[replacesinglequotehere]s first wife Kashibai. [ 12 ] [ 13 ] The film was announced in 2003 and was constantly in the news regarding the cast, including such actors as Salman Khan , Shahrukh Khan , Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji . [ 14 ]

He has been a judge on Indian music talent show X Factor season 1. [ 7 ]

In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show Saraswatichandra starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget .

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