Bollywood acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has completed 25 years in the showbiz industry. The filmmaker has directed many iconic Hindi films including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, and many others. As he hit a milestone in his career, many celebs took to social media and congratulated him for his glorious journey.
Deepika Padukone congratulated SLB with a heartfelt note on Instagram. The actress credited her success to him and said ‘I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for you.’
Her statement read, “9th NOVEMBER 2007. My debut film Om Shant Om was pitted against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. And as grateful as I was (And I still am… I cannot think of another female actor who has been launched in the same manner as I was), I also remember thinking to myself at the same time, that I would never be good enough..to be a Sanjay Leela Bhansali muse.”
“Fast forward to 2012. I was extremely unwell and laid up in bed. I received a call from my management saying ”Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants to meet you”. I said, ”What?!. They said, ”Yes! He is doing a film and you like to meet you”. ”I would do cartwheels to go and see him right away, but I can’t get out of my bed right now!” I said. The next thing I know, he was on his way to see me,” the actress added.
What ensued in the years that followed was nothing short of an ‘iconic partnership’ I believe. And together we’ve created ‘iconic characters’. Characters that have been etched in the minds and hearts of people forever! What I cherish even more though is the influence our collaboration has done on me personally. I say this without a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for Sanjay Leela Bhansali,” she concluded.
Ajay Devgn wrote, “Hey Sanjay, Congratulations on your silver jubilee. Your contribution to films is unparalleled. And, I love working with you because your passion & dedication is infectious. Will keenly await several more milestones that are meant for you.”
Alia Bhatt who is gearing up for her film Gangubai Kathiawadi, helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali also took to social media to congratulate the filmmaker. The actress shared an Instagram post and wrote, “25 years of the magician & his magic. Love you, sir.”
On the other hand, Salman Khan shared a video on his Instagram handle and wrote, “25 Years of SLB Congratulations Sanjay on completing 25 glorious years .. @bhansaliproductions @#25YearsOfSLB #SanjayLeelaBhansali.”