In our series Streaming Guide, we list the works of a filmmaker or actor which are available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube among more.
This edition of Streaming Guide features filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has films like Khamoshi: The Musical, Devdas, Bajirao Mastani, Black and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam among more to his credit.
1. Khamoshi: The Musical
Streaming On: Hotstar
Musical drama Khamoshi with Salman Khan and Manisha Koirala in the lead role didn’t gain cinephiles attention back in 1996 when it released in theaters. But today, this story of love and redemption between a daughter and her parents is counted as one of the best musicals of Hindi cinema and the most enduring film of Bhansali.
2. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Streaming On: Eros Now, YouTube
Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a tear-jerker for those who get immensely attached to the characters while watching a movie. The first half of the film is pretty enjoyable with celebrations around festivals and marriage. The songs, delightful dance numbers and chitter-chatter between lovers Nandini (Aishwarya) and Sameer (Salman) make for a light first half. However, the second half gets heavier with the entry of Vanraj (Ajay). It gets too sentimental towards the end with Salman, Aishwarya and Ajay getting into a love triangle. But if you love watching romantic tragedies, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a perfect pick.
Streaming On: Eros Now, YouTube
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit
A screen adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name, Devdas starred Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. Unable to marry his childhood love Paro (Aishwarya) because of his family’s opposition, Devdas (Shah Rukh) takes to alcohol and finds an escape in courtesan Chandramukhi (Madhuri). The film is popular to this day for the exemplary performances and magnificent dance and song sequences. But watch this tragic tale of an unrequited love triangle only if you are up for some over the top drama.
Streaming On: YouTube
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan
In 2005, Rani Mukerji gave Bollywood an unforgettable character in her deaf and blind girl Michelle McNally. Touted to be one of Bollywood’s masterpieces, Black was inspired by the real-life story of Helen Keller. It won the National Award and Filmfare Award for Best Film.
Streaming On: Netflix
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Swara Bhasker
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, Hrithik Roshan played magician Ethan Mascarenhas who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident. The film had Hrithik give one of his best performances.
6. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
Streaming On: Sony LIV
Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave Hindi cinema a charismatic on-screen couple in Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in 2013. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, a retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, found many takers. From music, majestic dance sequences, colourful costumes, lavish sets, dramatic narrative and the sizzling chemistry between the lead pair, the film had all Bhansali quirks. Stream this one if you are in a mood to listen to some Bollywood-ish dialogue-baazi.
7. Bajirao Mastani
Streaming On: Voot, YouTube
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
The magnum opus is the retelling of the legend of Peshwa Bajirao and his love story with Mastani. Ranveer, Deepika and Priyanka made the film a pleasant watch. Ranveer was fierce as the Maratha ruler, Deepika was elegant and shared sizzling chemistry with Ranveer and Priyanka beautifully depicted the pain of being cheated by her husband. The dance duel between Deepika and Priyanka on the song “Pinga” is the one to watch out for.
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Aditi Rao Hydari
Ranveer Singh delivered another career-best performance as sociopathic tyrant Alauddin Khijli in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat. Though Deepika and Shahid were good in the film too, it’s difficult to give any reason other than Singh to watch Bhansali’s latest film.