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'Compromise is a sin': Sanjay Leela Bhansali credits father for his filmmaking ethic

Updated on: 19 May,2024 05:54 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Written by: Tuhina Upadhyay |

After the success of 'Heeramandi', Sanjay Leela Bhansali credits his father for instilling in him the belief that compromise is never an option in filmmaking

'Compromise is a sin': Sanjay Leela Bhansali credits father for his filmmaking ethic

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'Compromise is a sin': Sanjay Leela Bhansali credits father for his filmmaking ethic

Sanjay Leela Bhansali remembered breaking into films at 36. Known for his perfectionism, he's infamous for his short temper. In a recent talk, he revealed he never settles for "it will do" attitude on set, considering it a "sin."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali credits father for his filmmaking ethic

In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Sanjay Leela Bhansali discussed why he is so particular about every shot in his projects, “That’s blasphemy. That is like committing a sin for me. If, to the best of your ability, that shot has to be done… that’s why I feel like I have done less work over the past 30 years. I have done like 10 films and I give everything to that one shot. That shot is God’s gift to you.”

“I would never want to say sorry on my death bed about some five shots that I missed. No question about it. That’s one moment where I want to look up into the eyes of God and I hope that I did well. And I feel people appreciate it and they give me love. Not that everybody likes my work but they care for me because of that love for one shot.” He further added.

Bhansali also remembered how his father, Navin Bhansali, had a strong desire for him to become a filmmaker. However, he only got his first opportunity to direct a film at the age of 36, “For so many years you have seen your father dream about you making a film and then you struggle and at the age of 36 you get your first chance to make a film. It has come with so much… I am not an insider. So, everything you value so much. That one shot matters so much that to compromise with it is a sin which I would never forgive myself for.”

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Talking to Galatta Plus, Bhansali said that his films are a visual experience and are larger-than-life. "In my mind, it was the most romantic place to be in. I come from that world. I’ve always watched films with pimps and prostitutes around in the theatres. My cinema will always have that dramatic touch and that larger-than-life approach, which is not subtle, which is not delicate, but it is heartfelt. It’ll have the dignity of it being told on the screen because I work on the visual of it. It has to be worthy of being there because I’m reliving a certain moment of my life, of this life, maybe past life.”

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