Sanjay Leela Bhansali is feeling liberated ever since his Ram Leela hit the screens and wowed the critics and audiences alike. And why not, this success has come to him after six years and two duds - Saawariya and Guzaarish.
Bhansali is in a celebratory mood and shares his excitement in a
Ram Leela opened to stupendous reviews and
roaring audiences. How are you feeling?
It feels...liberating! I've finally slept peacefully the whole night. The last few weeks have been traumatic. The protests left me shaken and drained. But now that the film is being so appreciated, I've blocked out all the troubles. When your work is being seen and appreciated, you feel all the effort has been worth it. I am happy to see the audience is getting the nuances in the narration. The passion of the entire vast and crew has paid off.
Ram Leela comes after the failure of two of your
Yes, we had worked with equal passion on Saawariya and Guzaarish. Both the films are as precious to me as Ram Leela. But somehow our efforts did not connect with the audience in my last two films. That broke my heart. I got back to direction determined to get back my audience. I needed Ram Leela to reach out to the the widest possible audience. Not that I made Ram Leela to prove anything. I made the film I enjoyed making and I hoped audiences would share my pleasure. (IANS)
Click on the slides to read what Bhansali has to say about his
Ram Leela Appreciated
This time your work has been appreciated by critics across the board?
I'd be lying if I said critical appreciation is not important.
Interpretation and de-construction are important to any work of
art. If there are is an art behind making a film, viewing films is
also an art.
Somewhere this film seems close to the environment you grew up in?
The Bhansali clan is extremely robust, frank and colourful in
their language. I grew up hearing my aunts say the most
outrageously uninhibited things as though they were the most
natural thing in the world. I realised the language I heard in my
childhood is the spoken idiom of today's youngsters... There is
just that sense of candour and directness in the way the youngsters
talk. And audiences have warmed up the celebration of physicality
in the love relationship. As a filmmaker it's very liberating to
explore the union of body and mind in a love-relationship. It's no
longer enough to show a boy and a girl looking at one another when
they fall in love.
SLB Talks About Ranveer, Dipy's Role
And yet your lovers Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh don't really sleep together in the film?
That's the irony, which took me away from the original
Shakespearean play. For me, it was important to show that the
lovers could only be united completely in death. I wanted to hold
back the consummation of their love.
SLB Talk About Ranveer-Dipy's Intimate Scenes
How hard was it for you to make Ranveer and Deepika convey the sexual tension?
I just had to explain to them what I wanted. They had never
played such unabashed characters. Once in a while Deepika would get
taken aback by her character's uninhibited behaviour. But she would
convey exactly what I wanted. Both of them are marvelous actors.
They made the expression of love so effortless and magical. They
have conveyed the purest form of love.
Ram Leela Location
For the first time you shot a film almost entirely on location?
Going out and shooting was a big challenge. It was also so
interesting to shoot so many different kinds of architecture.
Putting my lovers in a real space was very liberating. I was
reacting to spaces very differently this time. But even parts of
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Guzaarish were shot on
Guns N' Violence
What about the guns and violence?
I loved it. It's very important for a filmmaker to get out of
his comfort zone. Violence is such an integral part of "Romeo And
Juliet". My action director Sham Kaushal always wondered why I
asked him to be part of my films. The most violent thing that has
happened in my cinema so far was a slap. This time Shyam has
justified his pay cheque.
Bhansali Says, "Relief, joy, great satisfaction. Ram
Leela has been an exhausting liberating experience. I am so
much consumed by the film. I am so happy by the way people have
reacted. Everyone from Karan Johar and Rishi Kapoor to Asha
Parekhji and Javed Akhtar saab loved it. I am not even thinking of
what film I will do next. Right now I am happily jobless."