“Sanjay Leela Bhansali has gone into a space of negativity and darkness.” These were the words filmmaker Karan Johar used to describe one time friend and fellow filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the first episode of journalist turned TV host Niranjan Iyengar’s chat show.
In fact Karan Johar, who usually is the one firing the question was for a change answering them. Talking about his strained relationship with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar said, “I have an indifferent relationship with Sanjay Bhansali. It used to be love and appreciation, but over a period of time, I think his expectation of me was not something that I was matching up to. Today I just think he’s gone into a space of negativity and darkness. I am sorry, but I have no space… because I am all about light and sunshine. He is according to me, an immensely talented man. But I just don’t want to deal with him anymore. It is as simple as that.”
Now, yet another celebrity seems to be having trouble with Bhansali and he is none other than Salman Khan. In a recent interview, celebrating two decades post the release of Hum Aapke Hain Koun! with Sooraj Barjatya, Salman Khan took a dig at Sanjay Leela Bhansali talking about his anger issues. “The best quality in Sooraj is his temperament. I have given the director (Bhansali) an example of Sooraj saying that the working atmosphere should be excellent for the actor to perform. He makes you so comfortable and does not yell at anyone. One day, I saw Sanjay Leela Bhansali yelling and apparently he does that quite a lot. I had to tell him to go and hang around with Sooraj and see how he directs. What is this throwing things and stuff like that?”
He further added that, “Sanjay was like he is losing it. I said that the first thing is to make the actors feel beautiful and loved. Even, Taj Mahal is also made of love.”
It may be noted that Salman Khan has worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in films like Khamoshi – The Musical, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Saawariya.
Bollywood A-listers including Amitabh Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan at Filmfare awards 2015