Acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and celebrated writer-lyricist and ad guru Prasoon Joshi were named for Padma Shri honour Sunday on the eve of 66th Republic Day. Sanjay Leela Bhansali also invited actors and family and friends for the celebration last night!
They will receive the award for their contribution to art over the years. A glance over Bhansali’s films showcases grandeur and originality and his knack of story telling. Be it his “Khamoshi: The Musical”, “Devdas”, “Black” or “Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela”, Bhansali has connected with the audience in a special way.
He has also directed an opera in Paris in 2008. He also ventured into the television arena as he co-produced TV series “Saraswatichandra”.
In an interview, the 51-year-old filmmaker had said:
“I feel I am at that stage of my life when all my hard work, all the knowledge and experiences that I’ve gathered over the years, have come to fruition. I feel more fulfilled and complete today than I did when I was 40.”
Bhansali is presently working on his period drama “Bajirao Mastani” featuring the “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” trio of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.
The film delves into the love story between Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I (played by Ranveer) and his second wife Mastani (Deepika). Priyanka plays Kashibai, the first wife of Baji Rao.