Manisha Koirala Reveals If Sanjay Leela Bhansali Is Short-Tempered, 'Who Wouldn't Be Frustrated..'

In a recent interview, Manisha Koirala shared if Sanjay Leela Bhansali has changed a bit since his directorial debut, and if he has any anger issues.


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Manisha Koirala Reveals If Sanjay Leela Bhansali Is Short-Tempered, 'Who Wouldn't Be Frustrated..'

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's debut web series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar has been winning the hearts of the cine lovers. In just seven days of its release, Heeramandi became the most-watched series on Netflix. Reportedly, the series is made on a budget of Rs. 200 crore. The series is set in the time of India's pre-independence and features the lives of the tawaifs of the red light area of Lahore's Heera Mandi. Heeramandi features a star-studded cast, including Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Fardeen Khan, Richa Chadha, and Sharmin Segal, among others. Recently, Manisha shared some unheard anecdotes about Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Manisha Koirala talks about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's simplicity

For the unversed, Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's collaboration dates back to a time when the former even didn't make his directorial debut. The duo worked on 1942: A Love Story, wherein SLB was a co-writer and producer. However, his directorial debut, Khamoshi: The Musical, featured Manisha in the lead role. And now, after 28 years, the duo also collaborated on SLB's directorial web series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.

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In a recent interview with Zoom, Manisha Koirala was asked if Sanjay Leela Bhansali has changed. In response to this, the actress mentioned that although a lot of things have changed around him, the director remains the same. Manisha mentioned that SLB is a simple soul, no matter how grand he makes his film sets. The actress shared that the director wears khadi kurta-pajamas and lives in a home that has 2-3 bedrooms. Sharing that Sanjay is the same person whom she met during Khamoshi, Manisha shared:

"He is still that simple soul. No matter how opulent and grand the sets he makes, he still goes back to his simple 2-3 bedroom home in Versova where he lives. He still wears those khadi kurta-pajamas. He lives like that even though he creates the most grand sets, exquisite jewellery, and costumes. I admire that quality of his. He loves and thrives in cinema. He is still the same person I met during Khamoshi."

Manisha Koirala reveals if Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a short-tempered person

In the same interview, Manisha Koirala was asked if Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a short-tempered person. To this, the actress shared that it's human to get angry, and it's not acceptable to others to assume that the celebs wouldn't have any kind of feelings like crying, anger, or frustration. Talking about SLB, Manisha added that for such a person who lives and dreams in cinema, when others wouldn't be able to match up to his expectations, it's very natural for him to be frustrated. The actress mentioned that as an artist, she admires that person. In Manisha's words:

"And for someone who lives, dreams, and breathes cinema when others are not matching up to his level, who wouldn’t be frustrated? I worked with him back then and now… If you are an artist, you admire the person. What’s to lose? If he has mood swings, let him. What difference does it make to you? As long as he isn’t physically harming anyone, let him have his mood swings."

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Heeramandi cast revealed how SLB's mood used to boost up after being frustrated on the sets

In an interview with The Indian Express, Aditi Rao Hydari revealed that SLB's furry friends are the loves of his life. Fardeen Khan, on the other hand, stated that whenever SLB used to get frustrated on Heeramandi's sets, his assistant directors used to send him his 25 furry friends, and his mood used to lighten up in just one minute. Taha Shah Badussha shared that SLB's favourite furry friend's name is Jannu.


What do you think about Manisha's revelations?

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