Sanjay Leela Bhansali Age Wife Affairs Biography & More

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Allu Arjun Height Weight Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Affairs, Marriage & much more. Sanjay Leela Bhansali (born 24 February 1963) is an Indian filmmaker, director, screenwriter, and music composer who is known for his work in Hindi cinema. He is the recipient of several awards, including five National Film Awards, ten Filmfare Awards and a BAFTA nomination. In 2015, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.

Bhansali’s directorial debut was the musical romance Khamoshi (1996), that earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Film (Critics). He then attained huge stardom and prominence in Hindi cinema with the highly successful love triangle Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and the period romance Devdas (2002); the latter was nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at BAFTA. The drama Black (2005) became one of the most critically acclaimed and awarded Hindi films, winning him multiple Best Director Awards and Best Film Awards along with additional Best Film (Critics) at Filmfare Awards. He also won multiple National Film Awards for Devdas and Black but failed to maintain more success with his subsequent projects Saawariya (2007) and Guzaarish (2010).

Bhansali retained his vision of direction by adaptating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into film with Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), that opened to mixed reviews but strong box office collections. His home production, the sports film Mary Kom (2014), earned him a third National Film Award. He built his establishment and enhanced his vision more by directing the big-scale period dramas Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

For Bajirao Mastani, Bhansali was feliciated with National Film Award for Best Direction, as well as Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Film; and for Padmaavat, he won a National Film Award for Best Music Direction and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. His next, the crime drama Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022), unlike his other films that focused on a lady mafia don, opened after huge delays since 2020 due to COVID-19 but still bought him big revenues and became a commercial success. Both Mary Kom and Gangubai Kathiawadi rank among the highest-grossing female centric Hindi films ever. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, and produces films under his banner Bhansali Productions.

Early life

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born on 24 February 1963 in Bhuleshwar, South Bombay into a Gujarati Jain family. His mother, Leela, used to sew clothes to make ends meet. He speaks Gujarati at home and loves Gujarati food, music, literature and architecture.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Age Wife Affairs Biography & More

Real NameSanjay Leela Bhansali
Profession(s)Film Director, Producer, Music Director, Screenwriter
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 174 cm
in meters- 1.74 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8½”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 73 kg
in Pounds- 161 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 40 Inches
– Waist: 32 Inches
– Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 February 1963
Age (as in 2017)59 Years
Birth PlaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolNot Known
CollegeFilm and Television Institute of India, Pune
Educational QualificationCourse in Editing
DebutFilm (Director): Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)

Film (Music Director): Guzaarish (2010)
TV Debut (As a Judge): Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 1 (2006)
FamilyFather– Navin Bhansali (Film Producer)
Mother– Leela Bhansali (used to stitch clothes)
Brothers– N/A
Sister– Bela Segal
CasteKshatriya (Solanki)
HobbiesReading poetry, listening to vintage music
ControversiesPadmaavat Controversy– In early 2017, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was reportedly beaten up by the members of the ‘Shri Rajput Karni Sena’ on the sets of his film, Padmaavat, in Jaipur. The community was upset by the news of alleged love scenes between Padmaavat (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). However, Bhansali soon cleared the air and said that the news about intimate scenes between the leads is just hearsay. Later, Bhansali even sent a letter to the community asking for their support and co-operation.

• In a similar incident, an angry mob vandalized the sets of the movie in Kohlapur. Not only did the mob set the main stage on fire, it also damaged the cars parked around the sets. Reportedly, a horse was also badly injured during this incident.
• In November 2017, the protest against the release of Padmaavat by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena picked up due to the alleged distorted history related to Rajput queen Padmini shown in the film trailer. The film was supposed to get released on 1 December 2017, but due to the protest by the Rajput community and security concerns of the state governments, the release of the film got delayed to make the concerned changes in the film. After the five changes recommended by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), such as – title change of the film from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’, changes in the song ‘Ghoomar’, and changes in the references to historical places, the film was given a clean chit and given the release date of 25 January 2018.
Favourite Things
Favourite MoviesBollywood: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Hollywood: Ship of Theseus (2012)
Favourite MusicianA. R. Rahman
Favourite VocalistBade Ghulam Ali Khan
Favourite SongMor Bani Thanghat Kare (Gujarati Folk Song)
Favourite ActorsDada Kondke, Dilip Kumar
Favourite ActressesHelen, Madhuri Dixit
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsVaibhavi Merchant, Choreographer (Ex-fiancee)
ChildrenSon– N/A
Daughter– N/A

Early work

Bhansali began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in the making of Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb. However, they had a falling-out when Bhansali refused to direct Kareeb. In 1996, he made his directorial debut with Khamoshi: The Musical, the commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed narration of a daughter’s struggle to communicate with her deaf-mute parents. The film earned the Best Film (Critics) at Filmfare.

He rose to prominence in Indian cinema with a triangular love story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), starring Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgan, which established his individualistic stamp for visual splendour and creating auras of celebration and festivity. The film was premiered in the Indian Panorama section at the 1999 International Film Festival of India. It was a critical and commercial success, and won numerous awards including 4 National Awards and 9 Filmfare Awards.



YearTitleDirectorWriterProducerEditorComposerAssistant directorNotes
19941942: A Love StoryYes
1996Khamoshi: The MusicalYesYesYesFilmfare Award for Best Film (Critics)
1999Hum Dil De Chuke SanamYesYesYesFilmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2002DevdasYesYesNational Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2005BlackYesYesYesNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Filmfare Award for Best FilmFilmfare Award for Best Film (Critics)
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2010GuzaarishYesYesYesYesNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2011My Friend PintoYes
2012Rowdy RathoreYes
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal PadiYesYes
2013Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-LeelaYesYesYesYesYesNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2014Mary KomYesNational Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
2015Gabbar Is BackYes
Bajirao MastaniYesYesYesNational Film Award for Best DirectionFilmfare Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2016Laal Ishq (film)Yes
2018PadmaavatYesYesYesYesNational Film Award for Best Music DirectionFilmfare Award for Best Music DirectorNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2022Gangubai KathiawadiYesYesYesYesYes


  • Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1 (Judge) – 2006
  • X Factor India (Judge) – 2011
  • Saraswatichandra (Producer) – 2013 – 2014


  • Stage Opera Padmavati (Director) – 2008

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