Maverick movie maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is in a peaceful state of mind. The shooting of his latest opus, a true-life gangster drama of epic proportion titled Gangubau Kathiawadi has finally ended. Looking back at the two-year journey Bhansali says, “We began shooting on 27 December 2019. We had to stop shooting in March 2020 due to Covid .We were supposed to release the film in October 2029. We finally wrapped up shooting last month on June 26.”
So has this been the most difficult film to shoot for this epic movie maker often compared with cinema’s greatest including Raj Kapoor, V Shantaram, David Lean and Baz Luhrman? Also read: Alia Bhatt Wraps Up Gangubai Kathiawadi, Calls The Sanjay Leela Bhansali Helmed Movie, ‘Gigantic Life Changing Experience’
“I don’t know if it was the most difficult. Because each of my films brings its own share of agony,” confessed Bhansali whose Padmaavat was shot in the midst of rising protests by fringe groups accusing the filmmaker of distorting history.
Recalling the violent protests against Padmaavat Bhansali says, “It was crazy!Through all of it, I was more worried about my mother and happy that she was with me. I don’t know how I’d have survived without her at my side. She kept saying, ‘Mere bete ke saath aisa kyon ho raha hai? Woh itni achchi filmein banata hai’.My mother was my pillar of strength.”
The director whom many, including yours truly, consider the finest living filmmaker of India feels the obstacles that come in the way of his creativity help him to grow as a filmmaker. “Sometimes I feel the hurdles and obstacles are God’s ways of making me stronger as a person and filmmaker. Every time my underproduction film was attacked I used my pain and suffering as an impetus to work better.During the havoc that Covid played with the shooting schedules of Gangubai Kathiwadi I channelized all my anxiety into giving the best possible shape to my vision .I think suffering has always been an incentive for my creativity.”
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