Born: February 24, 1963
Age : 51
Birthplace : Mumbai
Wiki – Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a popular Indian film director of B Town. He is also an alumnus of FTII. He has adopted the name Leela for a reason to pay tribute to his mom- Leela Bhansali. He is founded SLB Films, which is a leading film production house, which he has established in 1999. He started his career with assist director to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in making good movies including Parinda, 1942- A Love Story and Kareeb. However, Kareeb is among the one whom he refused to start his debut direction with Khamoshi. This movie turned out a big success, which was good in terms of story and performance of actors found in this movie.
Bio – His next blockbuster was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which has starring Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai. This movie helped him in establishing a competent director of Bollywood creating his buzz and aura around. The movie was a big hit and it gave him a number of awards. His next movie was Devdas starring SRK, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai. Unlike his previous two movies, it also turned out a big blockbuster. It was even nominated for the Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film, while his next movie Black was considered to be among the top movies of 2005. The Time Magazine has listed in the top hit movies of 2005 in Europe thus giving him a global exposure. However, it wasn’t a hit giving poor collection at the box office.
Some of his other recent movies include Guzaarish, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela, which is an adaptation of the popular place called Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. His next venture in pipeline is Bajirao Mastani, which is again a love story of Peshwa Baji Rao and his second wife called Mastani. The Ram Leela couple would be performing as the lead roles in the said movie. However, in 2013, he also debuted as a producer making the movie called Rowdy Rathore, which is basically a remake of a Telugu movie called Vikramarkudu.
Apart from directing and producing movies, he is also linked with the TV world wherein he is the part of the realty show called Jhalak Dikhla Jaa along with Shilpa Shetty and Farah Khan. He was also seen staging an opera called Padmavati, which is basically adoption of 1923 based Ballet by Albert Roussel in the year 2008. Its first show has been premiered in Paris, while the next one is in Italy wherein he also got a standing ovation. This work has been appreciated by one and all in the international market. He is also one of the judges in Indian Music Talent Show called X Factor season one, while in 2013, he also debuted in TV world by producing the show called Saraswatichandra starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget. He has been awarded for number of his films as director including the National Award for Devdas and other big awards from Filmfare, Screen and Zee Cine Award.