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From non-production of Salman Khan’s ‘Inshallah’ to ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ What did Sanjay Leela Bhansali say?

Gangubai Kathiawadi
Gangubai Kathiawadi

Producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s recently released film Gangubai Kathiawadi, who has made grand and big films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela, Bajirao Mastani, and Padmavat, is being liked by the audience and dragging them to the theatres. has been.

The film has earned more than 60 crores and continues to dominate the box office. Satisfied with the success of Gangubai Kathiawadi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has come to the BBC and discussed his films.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is the result of anger


The story of Gangubai Kathiawadi was in the mind of Sanjay Leela Bhansali from the time of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. But he was not ready for the film as a director but he was living with the story.

Meanwhile, he made many films like Black, Guzaarish, Saawariya… but they did not work.
In such a situation, Sanjay Leela Bhansali turned to historical films and made Bajirao Mastani and Padmavat, which got a lot of love from the audience.

After Padmavat, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was ready to make Inshallah with Salman Khan. The grand set of the film was also made, but before the shooting, suddenly there were reports of a rift between Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan, and the film was not made. Sanjay Leela Bhansali told that when Inshallah was not made, he got very angry.

He started wondering why this happened. After making a grand set after Padmavat, it had to be closed. He was angry for about a week. Then Sanjay Leela Bhansali went on to script Gangubai Kathiawadi.

He had already met Alia Bhatt during Inshallah. Later Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered Alia a Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Alia Bhatt was hesitant in the beginning but she agreed later. The shooting of Gangubai started a month and a half after Inshallah closed. Gorgeous sets, gorgeous costumes made. Sanjay Leela Bhansali believes that he has made the best use of his anger.

Why didn’t the film Inshallah get made?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali did two films in his early days with superstar Salman Khan – Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

After that, there were distances in the relationship between Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. After nearly two decades, the director-actor duo was about to come back from Inshallah, but the film was closed before the shooting started.

When Sanjay Leela Bhansali was asked the reason for this, he says, “If the matter did not work, then what to talk about it?”

He further says, “When it doesn’t have to be made, it doesn’t happen. Bajirao-Mastani was not made when Salman was there, Aishwarya was there, Kareena was there. If the fate of the film is not there then it is not made at that time. This was the destiny of this film, It was Gangubai’s spirit that said, ‘Make it. I did not understand how I went ahead after closing the film. Mehboob had set up in the studio, Alia had rehearsed the dance on the song, the lighting was done, then my mouth was done Turned out that don’t stop doing this.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali believes that whatever is written in destiny happens. Like Ranveer and Deepika were destined for Bajirao Mastani, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were in school when this film was announced by Bhansali.

Gangubai, Ramnik, and nude scene in the film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who took the audience to a different world through his films, has taken the story of Gangubai Kathiawadi from the book “Mafia Queen” by writer Hussain Zaidi. She has made major changes in the story of Gangubai and her cheating husband Ramnik from the book.

Commenting on this change, Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, “I didn’t want to waste time with Ramnik and Gangubai. I didn’t want to show their name’s marriage, close relationship, rape scene. By showing all this I didn’t want to make the audience uncomfortable. I didn’t want to disturb Gangubai’s soul again and I didn’t want to show this nudity. So, Ramnik was presented as a deceitful lover.”

According to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ramnik is the most disgusting character of the film which humanity should not see because there is no place on earth for such people who ruin innocent lives.

Bhansali has not achieved this position yet.

Music plays a huge role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films. He composes the music of his films. In today’s changing times where the importance of songs in films is decreasing, Sanjay Leela Bhansali says that it is difficult not to have songs in his films.

Bhansali says that today’s generation is heavily influenced by Iranian films, Korean films, and western films, where songs do not have a place in films, but this is what sets Bollywood films apart from them.

He further says, “Hindustan has a song for everything. Songs and music are the heritage of our Indian cinema. Big directors Raj Kapoor Sahab, Mehboob Khan Sahab, Naushad Sahab, and Shankar Jaikishan are not worth their work, Shall we erase them? There will be songs in my films. I love songs.”

Sharing his musical inclination, Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, “I start the film with a song. The song ‘Jhoome Re Gori’ came to my mind while writing Gangubai. How did the film start from there? Do! I want to shoot songs like Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, K. Asif, Guru Dutt. I have shot very good songs but I want to achieve the status that these directors have achieved.”

He goes on to say, “I am looking for a job like ‘Meri Jaan’ was shot in a car, Guru Dutt sahib used to shoot the entire song on a bed like Vijay Anand Sahab used to shoot ‘Dil Ka Bhanwar’ in a ladder. would shoot. They were genius people. Until I shoot a song like ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ from Mughal-e-Azam, I will continue to shoot songs.”

salute to women


The characters of women in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s films are very strong. “Women represent God because they give life,” says Bhansali.

Women have big characters in the stories of every big director. As people like Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Ritwik Ghatak have influenced him, he wants to greet women through his medium.

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