Colour, passion and a dollop of controversy: What makes a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film?


It has been a few years since Padmaavat launched. Given what Sanjay Leela Bhansali underwent whereas making and releasing that film, we don’t blame him for taking a much-needed breather earlier than he sat down on the director’s chair once more for his subsequent with Alia Bhatt, Gangubai Kathiawadi. Ahead of the movie’s teaser launch in the present day, on the event of the director’s birthday, we ship a quiet want that the one upheaval that occurs upon his subsequent launch is on the ticket home windows, and the ordinary offence-takers take their enterprise elsewhere.

However, until the time one other Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus comes knocking, right here is his previous work and what makes a ‘SLB film’. Now make no mistake, there’s distinct model to his movies. Bollywood aficionados can establish this oeuvre in a heartbeat, like after they tagged Kalank as a poor man’s Bhansali movie. His followers will typically describe his trademark model through the use of phrases like ‘grandeur’, ‘larger-than-life’, ‘opulent’ and, in some circumstances, even ‘perfect’.

Deepika Padukone in a nonetheless from Bajirao Mastani. (Photo: Bhansali Productions)

From what I’ve seen, and I’ve seen all of them (sure, even Saawariya) Bhansali has a robust visible aesthetic and he places it entrance and centre in his films. He is aware of that you’re not going to hear to each phrase that his characters say for over two-and-a-half hours, so when you’re distracted sufficient to not pay any consideration to the phrases, he makes certain you might be arrested by the visuals and the main points of the units and costumes that most likely require a magnifying glass to be totally appreciated. The visuals make you’re feeling like that is a journey via a museum with life-like dioramas however on nearer inspection, it’s in reality an actor pouring of their blood and sweat to get that excellent tear shot rolling out of their proper eye.

One frequent critique of Bhansali movies is that storytelling isn’t his strongest go well with, however who stated it needed to be? Filmmaking is an amalgamation of numerous artwork kinds and as one would assume, not all the things all the time lands on the excellent spot to make a excellent film and in his case, the factor that tends to undergo essentially the most is – the story. Be it the Romeo and Juliet impressed Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela the place persons are signing orders for mass murders (how does one thing this unlawful even require paperwork?) or that actually confused second-half of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (I imagine Vanraj made a mistake), and even that unusual climax of Padmaavat (that Jauhar scene is rarely going to be okay), Bhansali films lose the plot finally however guess what retains you till the tip? Yes, it’s these costumes and units!

The music of Bhansali movies has been a mainstay since his Khamoshi and Hum DIl De Chuke Sanam days. Even the blot on his repute, Saawariya had nice music. So, like many greats who don’t imagine in delegation and swear by the basics of micromanaging, Bhansali jumped into the deep finish with Guzaarish and has since then been the music man for all his movies. And to his credit score, this was most likely the perfect choice he ever made in his movie profession.

Another common characteristic of a Bhansali movie, or no less than what now we have seen in his final three movies, is folks’s skill to search out one thing controversial that allegedly harms the delight of a group. A clip of a naked waist can get your nostril chopped and even the suspicion of what the movie might grow to be finally can get the director assaulted.

Bollywood was a easier place when Bhansali made his early works and whereas technological development led us to look at Padmaavat in 3D, it has turn out to be a harder place for somebody who believes that being a relic of the previous makes him classic, and not out of date.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here