If you love Hindi Movies, you probably know about Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Bhansali is a Bollywood movie director, screenwriter, and music director who has marked his reputation in Indian Cinema. Bhansali started by working as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra. During that time, he got involved in making and directing films. It was not long before he was involved in making a recognized PARIDA movie.
With dedication, Bhansali has received quite a lot of accolades for his work, which includes Padma Shri honor from the Government of India, which is the fourth highest civilian award that one can get. This article focuses on the top five movies of Sanjay Leela Bhansali that you need to know about.
1. Black (2005)
Black features a cathartic tale of a young woman who cannot talk, hear or see and a teacher who brings hope in her dark world. The plot is based on an Anglo India family that had a daughter who had visual and hearing impairment and could not talk. The girl resorts to a violent and volatile world until her parents admit her to an asylum. Fortunately, Debraj Sahai enters the lives of the couple and strives to help Catherine with her condition.
Debraj goes through a disastrous first event with Catherine, but by and by, he successfully manages to help her until she graduates with Art. There are a lot of obstacles that come along, such as the impatience that the world has on disabled people and Debraj’s deteriorating health. However, Catherine manages to sail through them.
2. Devdas (2002)
This movie is a recreation of the old-world aristocratic West Bengal that has an unapologetic flamboyance and panache. With a lavish set of soulful music, Devdas is undoubtedly one of the emotional, moving performance of Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan.
The movie features Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), who returns home after studying in London for ten years. Soon after his return, he plans to marry Paro (Aishwarya Rai), who was his childhood friend. However, his parents are of a different opinion about her since they believe that Paro’s family, which is a descendant of dancers who are of a lower class, does not deserve their son. Paro marries another man, and the situation significantly devastates Devdas, who resorts to life-threatening alcohol.
3. Hum Dil D Chuke Sanam (1999)
Also featuring Aishwarya Rai as the lead role player along with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn, this Bollywood movie is a masterpiece to reckon with. Being only the second Bhansali directorial movie, the film shows the level of prowess that would lead to his commercial success.
In the Hindi movie, Nandini is the daughter of Pundit Darbar, who is a renowned proponent of India based classical music. A young man by the name Sameer arrives to stay with the Darbar family to learn the intricacies of Indian Music under Darbar’s guidance. At first, Nandini and Sameer dislike each other, but soon they fall in love and spend time together during family events such as festivals and weddings.
Darbar learns about the two love birds and is enraged since her daughter had been arranged to marry Vanraj. This prompted his banishing of Sameer from his household and asked him never to meet her daughter again. Nandini marries Vanraj as planned, but he learns that Nandini has been receiving letters from Shameer although he is living abroad in Italy. Vanraj convinced that Nandini is in love with another man and decides to unite her with Shameer. They successfully manage to track him down in Italy, but Shameer realizes that she is not affectionate towards her as before and agrees to let her go. Nandini returns to Vanraj, who adorns her with a mangala sutra.
4. Guzaarish (2010)
Guzaarish features a fictional man by the name Ethan who has been suffering from limb paralysis. The story is featured in the 20th century and involves the relationship between Ethan and his caretaker nurse, Sophie (Aishwarya Rai).
Ethan enjoys 12 years of stability and health due to the relentless dedication of Mrs. Sofia D’ Souza, who has been her nurse. Over the twelve years, he becomes a radio jockey and writes books about magic as well. However, when he realizes about his organ failure, he decides to end his life through a court petition presented by Devonian Dutta. The court fails to permit him to undertake euthanasia, which prompts him to start a radio campaign on the same. During this time, Omar Physique enters his life and tries to learn about his magic tricks as well as Nevil, who is Sofia’s spouse, re-enters his life.
5. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Bajirao Mastani, an India based movie, is an actual crowning in Bhansali productions. Bajirao is a heroic warrior who has fought over 41 battles and has never lost any of them. Bajirao was unequaled for his originality and genius and put as the head of his fighting army. On the other hand, Mastani is a warrior princess and daughter of Raja Chattrasal and Roohani Begum, who is an expert dancer and singer besides being a worrier. Both Barijao and Mastani meet on the battlefield fighting on the same side, which puts them in the course of a passionate love story. Their love is unstoppable, and neither their families nor war can stop them.
The Hindi movie features a love triangle between three renowned Bollywood actors – Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Ranveer Singh, which transcends religious and societal bounds, making the film a marvel to watch.
Based on Bhansali’s accolades and film accolades, it is beyond doubt that he is one of the best Bollywood directors in the film industry. Of course, there are other Hindi movies under his belt, but those stated above are the best he ever produced and indicates the level of prowess that he puts in his work even in his future movies.