Sanjay Leela BhansaliSanjay Leela Bhansali (; born 24 February 1963) is a Bollywood director, producer, screenwriter, and music director. One of the most successful filmmakers in Indian cinema, Bhansali is the recipient of several awards, including four National Film Awards, eleven Filmfare Awards and a BAFTA nomination. In 2015, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
Bhansali made his directorial debut with ''Khamoshi: The Musical'' (1996), for which he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. He rose to prominence in Indian cinema with the commercially successful and widely acclaimed romantic drama ''Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'' (1999), the romantic drama ''Devdas'' (2002) — for which he received nomination for the Best Film Not in the English Language at British Academy of Film & Television Awards (BAFTA) — and the drama ''Black'' (2005), for all of which he received multiple Best Director Awards and Best Film Awards along with additional Critics Award for Best Film for the latter at Filmfare Awards, and multiple National Film Awards for the latter two. He followed it by directing consecutive commercially unsuccessful films such as ''Saawariya'' (2007) and ''Guzaarish'' (2010), however, ''Guzaarish'' received positive reviews from critics and audiences.
This changed with his adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Romeo and Juliet'' — the tragic romance ''Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela'' (2013) — opened to positive reviews and strong box office collections, for which he received several awards and nominations. His home production biographical sports film ''Mary Kom'' (2014), had him receive his third National Film Award. His period dramas ''Bajirao Mastani'' (2015) and ''Padmaavat'' (2018) both rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. For the former, he won the National Film Award for Best Direction, as well as Best Director and Best Film Awards at Filmfare; and for the latter, he won Best Music Director Award at Filmfare.
He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. He is the founder of the production house Bhansali Productions. Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Provided by Wikipedia