Sanjay Leela Bhansali On His Image: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saturday launched his first web series Heeramandi, which will soon stream on Netflix. At an event in Mumbai, Bhansali talked about his image of being a tough task master and a temperamental personality on the sets. While he blamed the media for this image, he also admitted that he pushes his actors a lot.
When a reporter asked him if he was really a task master and difficult to work with, Bhansali said, “It’s not like that. I’m not a task master, the image the media has made of me is It’s hard to work and I’m angry. We just sit there and have a moment that comes out of discussion and conversation which means I use their brain and they use my brain, all of us together And that moment of magic comes to us, for which I take credit and say that I created magic.
He further said, “But the fact is that it is everyone’s mind. This is the moment you wait for, and it comes after a lot of hard work and focus, commitment and conviction. They call me Task Master because I won’t let them in my van until I get that shot. That moment is very precious for all of us and it doesn’t come from me, it comes because of everyone.”
Ranbir left the film
Several actors have shared their experience of working with Bhansali in the past. Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who worked with the director in Saawariya and had earlier assisted him in the film Black, revealed how he was thrashed and abused by the filmmaker, to the extent that he had to leave the project.
In a 2016 podcast with Neha Dhupia, Ranbir had said, “He (Bhansali) was a tough task-master and I was kneeling on the sets, he was beating me… after a point it became so overwhelming And I felt so abused that I had to leave the film at one point … I think it was like 10 or 11 months into my job and I’m like, ‘Listen, I can’t do this.’
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