Films That Inspired Sanjay Leela Bhansali

By Admin

Nov 25, 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been the controversial child for a long time now. With each of his movie release, audience wait for magnificent sets, beautiful storytelling and whimsical details. But, the opposition also wait for a reason to create controversy. With his latest movie, Padmavati, the controversies have sky rocketed! Today lets not talk about Padmavati, let’s look at his past and his beautiful movies from Khamoshi to Padmavati, which were inspired from foreign films. Drawing inspiration from other films and giving it his essence, Bhansali has mastered the art of film making.


1.   Khamoshi: The Musical

Khamoshi was the stepping stone of Bhansali’s career and it gave him a place and he rose to prominence in Indian Cinema. He was awarded the  Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film in 1996. The story rotated around Annie (played by Manisha Koirala) who was the child of deaf and dumb parents and her love for music and fight for her love Raj (played by Salman Khan).

This movie is influenced from a German Film “Beyond Silence”and a New Zealand drama “The Piano”.Beyond Silence also won the 70th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. With similar story line, Khamoshi had its own rustic charm!


2.    Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

This movie reunited Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan. The story of the film is adopted from a Bengali novel “Na Hanyate” and a German film “Immensee” and is based on a love triangle. The lead roles of the film were played by, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan. This film became the epitome of love stories and upgraded Bhansali as a master story teller with magnificent sets and jaw dropping cinematography. The plot of the film is similar to that of Immensee, with Sameer (Salman Khan) a NRI, travelling to India to learn classical music. He comes to study music from Nandini’s (Aishwarya Rai) father where he meets her and falls in love. But the adults do not approve of it and gets Nandini married to Vanraj (ajay Devgan).

The movie deal with the struggle of Nandini to choose between right and wrong! It received 41 awards that year!


3.  Black

Black was an one of a kind movie to be produced in Bollywood. The story revolved around a deafblind girl (played by Rani Mukerji), and her relationship with her teacher (Amitabh Bachchan) who develops Alzheimer’s disease in the later stage of his life. The film is inspired from American biographical film “The Miracle Worker”. The Miracle Worker is the story of Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan.

Black was awarded the National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi admn Amitabh Bachchan received the National Film Award for best actor.


4.   Saawariya

It marked the debut of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in the film industry. Sawariya was all about beautiful sets and whimsical story telling about unrequited love. The story of the film has been inspired from the Russian short story “White Nights”

"And was it his destined part

Only one moment in his life

To be close to your heart?

Or was he fated from the start

To live for just one fleeting instant,

Within the purlieus of your heart."


The story of the film is very much similar to these lines of the poem from the book “white Nights”. The film also stars, Ranu Mukerji and Salman Khan in a cameo.


5.     Guzaarish

This was the film which opened a new horizon of film making in the Indian Cinema. The film narrates the story of a paralyzed magician who files a petition in court seeking permission to end his life. Euthanasia is a very emotional and controversial topic and Sanjay Leela Bhansali showed it with utmost respect and ease.

This film is the unofficial remake of the Spanish Film, “The Sea Inside”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on the real-life story of Ramon Sampedro.The film had, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapur and Nafisa Ali in the lead roles.Bhansali won the Best Director Award in Filmfare so did, Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan for best Actors in Lead roles.

So, let’s keep the controversies aside and cherish and celebrate the true beauty of filmmaking! 

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