Sanjay Leela Bhansali: I’ve Learnt So Much From Satyajit Ray’s Cinema - EXCLUSIVE

Sanjay Leela Bhansali talks about his favourite films by Satyajit Ray and more.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali: I’ve Learnt So Much From Satyajit Ray’s Cinema - EXCLUSIVE
As cinema lovers celebrate a 100 years of Satyajit Ray, one of his diehard fans in Bollywood Sanjay Leela Bhansali is already planning ahead for the next 100 years. “I think Manikda will remain as relevant a hundred years from now as he is today. Look at his oeuvre. It shines as bright today as it did  50 years ago. There is a sense of constant renewal about his work. Devi  for example, which is about blind faith remains as relevant today as it was when Manikda made it 60 years ago,” says Bhansali passionately.

The Devdas director admits he learnt  much about the feminine gaze from Satyajit Ray. “You can see the influence of Charulata in the way I’ve projected  Aishwarya in Devdas. Manikda understood his women characters as deeply as the  men, if not more.”

Which are  Bhansali’s favourite Ray films? “The great Pather Panchali, of course,  which I regard as the single most influential Indian film. Followed by Apur Sansar, Charulata and Devi. I am also very fond of Manikda’s Sadgati.” What  about Ray’s Hindi feature film Shatranj Ke Khiladi? “I don’t rank it among his best works,” says Bhansali.

In other news, the makers of films like Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Ramleela and more is soon to present another cinematic marvel in the form of Gangubai Kathiawadi featuring Alia Bhatt in the lead. The teaser of the same was released on his birthday and received a thunderous applause from all. 

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