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 tete-a-tete:
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 films...
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)
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