How Sanjay Leela Bhansali Paid Tribute To His Childhood & Father Navin Via Gangubai Kathiawadi

Not many people know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s father Navin Bhansali worked as a producer in Bollywood. He wasn’t successful though, and that is why he grew up in chawl very close to Kamathipura–the red light area of Mumbai, which is also the subject of his latest release Gangubai Kathiawadi. 

“You’re sensitive to what you see as a child,” Bhansali had revealed adding that he saw sex workers saying this (hand gesture to ask for Rs 20) to people who were passing by. He wondered, “How could a person’s rate be Rs 20? These were the things that stayed in my mind.”

Did you know Sanjay Leela Bhansali paid tribute to his father Navin Bhansali through Gangubai Kathiawadi in not one but two ways?

How Sanjay Leela Bhansali Paid Tribute To His Childhood & Father Navin Via Gangubai Kathiawadi
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“I paid tribute to my father as well. In two ways. One was making films on the kind of scale that he wanted – like Mughal-e-Azam. And I also paid tribute to a film that he had made in 1958 (actually 1957) called Jahazi Lootera. That is there as a poster on the theatre all through Gangubai. And so this was a film (Gangubai Kathiawadi) that was even closer to me because I was paying tribute to his film that I have never been able to see,” he told TOI in an interview.

Directed by Akkoo, a lesser-known director, Jahazi Lootera starred Shashikala and Jairaj in lead roles. 

Poster of Jahazi Lootera, Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Do you know Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his mother’s name ‘Leela’ to his own? 

When Bhansali’s father couldn’t make a successful career in the filmmaking business, he was so heartbroken that he started getting intoxicated, and thus, he couldn’t take responsibility of the family. Bhansali’s mother took the charge to make ends meet. She would dance in Gujarati theatre and would also sew clothes to support her kids’ education. Hence, to pay tribute to his mother, Sanjay Leela Bhansali added her name to his own.

Do you know Sanjay Leela Bhasnali has added his mother
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“We lived in a very poor house. We had no paint on the walls. Mom was a wonderful dancer, so she would dance in that small (space). We didn’t have good clothes to wear. So, there were a lot of things that I felt deprived of as a child, and my mind was always a filmmaker’s mind. When I was sitting and doing homework as a child, I would wonder what colour should the wall be. My mind was preoccupied with finding beauty in that lack of beauty, or lack of space. My sets are humungous because of that. We were all crammed into… Almost breathing onto each other,” he had said in an interview. 

How Sanjay Leela Bhansali got his first break 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra gave break to Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Parinda.
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After he completed his education, Bhansali joined FTII, Pune and then moved to Mumbai. At that time Vidhu Vinod Chopra was making a film named called Parinda. Chopra saw Bhansali was immensely talented and got him onboard as assisted director, and thus, SLB got his first break. 

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