In 1996, a new filmmaker with a touch of gold was born in the Hindi film industry who created waves with just his debut directorial Khamoshi: The Musical, featuring Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas in the lead. And till date, his streak of giving some iconic love stories to the Hindi cinema continues. His name is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
SLB has given some iconic films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Guzaarish and Padmaavat, and he is all set to take that successful streak forward with Alia Bhatt-fronted Gangubai Kathiawadi. But in all these years, there has been one thing that has set him apart as he has given some of the most royal and iconic love triangles of Bollywood, starting from just his second directorial. Let’s take a look:
Hum... Dil De Chuke Sanam
When Hum... Dil De Chuke Sanam came, Bollywood had already transformed to colourful cinema, but it was SLB who showed how to empower that colour on screen. With this film, he showed that love evolves with time. A story of two people in love, who are kept separated due to the girl’s father’s wishes and is married to another man.
This noble man decides to sacrifice his love and unite his wife with her true love. The story, ending with the girl realising her true love lies with her husband only, touched the hearts of all in the country. And the chemistry between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Aishwarya and Ajay Devgn, along with the film’s chartbuster music, just made the film experience better.
Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel, Devdas, had already been adapted into an iconic 1955 film by the same name, featuring Dilip Kumar, Vyjanthimala and Suchitra Sen, but in 2002, SLB brought it back to life with a fresh cast of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit, and by filling colours into that world - more specifically, red. The film was an immense critical and commercial success and even earned a nomination in The Best Foreign Film category at the BAFTAs. But beyond that, the film also gave us one of the most unforgettable and tragic love stories with Devdas, Paro and Chandramukhi.
SLB continued his tryst with period romance with Bajirao Mastani, his most ambitious project till then that had undergone several delays and casting changes along the way. Finally, it was Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, who came on board to bring that love story to life and it paved a new way in Ranveer’s career. The other actress in the film, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, only had a handful of scenes in the film, but the impact she created in just a little time, was awesmoe. This amalgamation of talents gave us another iconic love triangle.
In his latest released directorial, Padmaavat, SLB reunited with the hit pair of Ranveer and Deepika whose real-life romance was also on a high at that time. And in this film, it was Shahid Kapoor who joined the duo as Maharawal Ratan Singh, opposite Deepika’s Rani Padmaavati and Ranveer’s Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The film might not classify as a proper love triangle as although the equation between Raja Ratan Singh and Padmaavati was true love, what Khilji had for Rani Padmaavati was lust. But the film gave another iconic performance by Ranveer, cementing his position in the industry and one of the most iconic climaxes in Bollywood - the Jauhar scene that Deepika performs.
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