His work has passionate (and often damaged) individuals reaching out to each other over great distances to connect with each other.
His films often feature emotional pain and trauma being experienced by his protagonists.
He dedicates all his films to his deceased father.
To invite in the premiere of his film Black (2005), he single-handedly sent out all the invitations, called up every person individually and made sure they were all there at the premiere.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was a middle class boy who was living in chawls.
For his film Devadas (2002), Sanjay Leela Bhansali had paid tributes to all films like it, from Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1961) to Prem Rog (1982).
For Devdas (2002), Bhansali said in an interview that he had made the film as Raj Kapoor would have made it - over the top.
He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India.
Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali.
Bhansali began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in the making of Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb.
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