Sanjay Leela Bhansali Biography, Facts & Life Story

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Indian Film Director, Producer, Music Director, Screenwriter

Quick Facts


Full Name:Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Profession:Film Director, Producer, Music Director, Screenwriter


Age:58 years old (in 2021)

Date of Birth:24 February 1963

Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height:5’ 8½” (1.74 m)

Weight:73 kg (161 lbs)

Chest:40 Inches

Biceps:12 Inches

Hair Color:Black

Eye Color:Dark Brown

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a massively acclaimed Indian movie director. He is considered as an alumnus of the Film & TV Institute of India. He has espoused his middle name “Leela” as a compliment to his Mom, Leela Bhansali.

Bhansali initiated his career as an associate to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was included in the production of movies like Parinda, Kareeb and 1942 A Love Story. Though, both had a knock-on effect when Sanjay Leela Bhansali denied to direct the movie Kareeb and made his directorial debut movie outside Chopra camp with Khamoshi – The Musical, a commercially failed, though critically commended narration of a daughter’s exertion to communicate with her deaf parents.

Bhansali’s next movie was a three-sided love story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which established his idiosyncratic stamp for visual splendor and generating auras of festivity and celebration. The film was a commercially successful and won several awards. His next movie Devdas was Bhansali’s verse to the famous novel of same name.

Upon its theatrical release within India, the movie surfaced as the top grossing movie. It also received notable Bollywood awards and was India’s authorized entry to Oscars. This musical received a substantial reception at Cannes, where it was premiered.

Then the movie Black came, which Time Magazine chosen as the 5th of Ten Best Movies of 2005 across the world. Black broke a record at Filmfare Awards 2006, winning 11th awards. After having four achievements, Sanjay Leela Bhansali suffered his first major flop as Saawariya, which was met with simultaneously poor collection and sharp criticisms at Indian box office. Bhansali’s next directorial project was titled Guzarish featuring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan.

Facts You Never Knew About Sanjay Leela Bhansali!

    • As his father, Navin Bhansali, was a filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was always surrounded by directors and actors. He was captivated by the art of film direction; considerably, that in only his second standard, he made a decision as to what field he will choose.
    • His father, though, couldn’t be an efficacious producer and hence knew the exertion that comes allied with Bollywood. Therefore, his father proposed young Bhansali to follow a career in some other profession.
    • Prior making his directorial debut, Sanjay Leela Bhansali functioned as a subordinate to director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The duet directed two movies namely Parinda and 1942: A love Story.
    • Even though Bhansali’s debut movie, Khamoshi: The Musical earned good critical comments though it failed to perform well at Indian box office.
    • Success wasn’t away from him though, as his 2nd film, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam featuring Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan became a megahit blockbuster.
    • Although Sanjay Leela Bhansali maintains a peaceful disposition in front of camera but sometimes he is infamous for his immoral temper on the sets. It is supposed that owing to this bad trait, he had fallout with famous actor Salman Khan. The two were not even talking with each other for a long time.
    • Celebrities were now on Bhansali’s side as his next film, Devdas, emerged as the top grossing movie of 2002.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Education

Qualification: Course in Editing

School: Not Available

College: Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Career

Profession: Film Director, Producer, Music Director, Screenwriter

Debut TV Series/Movie: Film (Director): Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
Film (Music Director): Guzaarish (2010)
TV Debut (As a Judge): Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 1 (2006)

Salary: Not Available

Net Worth: Not Available

Family & Relatives

Father: Navin Bhansali (Film Producer)

Mother: Leela Bhansali (used to stitch clothes)

Brother(s): N/A

Sister(s): Bela Segal

Marital Status: Single

Wife/Girlfriend: Not Available

Son(s): Not Available

Daughter(s): Not Available

Ex Girlfriends:

Vaibhavi Merchant, Choreographer (Ex-fiancee)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Favorites

Hobbies: Reading poetry, listening to vintage music

Favorite Actor: Dada Kondke, Dilip Kumar

Favorite Actress: Helen, Madhuri Dixit

Favorite Food: Not Available

Favorite Color: Black

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