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The legendary filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the recipient of incredible awards like five National Film Awards, eleven Filmfare Awards, BAFTA nomination, and Padma Shri. Still, there's no denying to the fact that no award can thank him fully for his incredible contribution to Indian cinema. The director has given us films like, Khamoshi: The Musical, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Black, Guzaarish, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, and many others. We have often heard critics say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the one, who had provided the much-needed boost to Salman Khan's career, proved Shah Rukh Khan's versatility to the world, and gave Indian cinema Ranveer Singh.
From his larger-than-life movie sets, love with color palettes, and will to experiment, again and again, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most respected and admired filmmakers in the history of Indian cinema. The director is all set to create history at the box-office with his upcoming film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt, and his billions of fans are already getting super-excited for it. There's no denying that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most successful directors of all-time and is only getting better with his every project. However, not many people are aware that he is still unmarried and shows no signs of getting married now, which brings us to his last and most-talked alleged relationship with ace choreographer, Vaibhavi Merchant. Scroll down to get a scoop of their undying tale of incomplete love!
In 1999, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had met popular choreographer, Vaibhavi Merchant on the sets of his film, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. We all know that the dancing numbers in Sanjay Bhansali's movies are all about storytelling and aren't just meaningless colourful sequences. However, during the shooting of Saawariya (2007), the two had started coming closer. The two had started appearing in public with each other, and during the premiere of the film also, Sanjay Bhansali had entered with Vaibhavi that had raised a lot of eyebrows. The two had remained tight-lipped about their bond, but the headlines were filled with their brewing romance and closeness. In a report in The Times Of India, a source close to their families had stated that the couple was going to get married in March 2008, and the preparations were going in full swing.
There were also reports that Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Vaibhavi Merchant had gotten engaged in a low-key ceremony in the presence of their family members were eagerly looking for their marriage, which was supposed to mark a grand celebration. However, the reports had turned into rumours, and it was reported that the two had parted ways with mutual consent. A report in the Mumbai Mirror had claimed that it was Sanjay Bhansali and Vaibhavi's unsorted personal differences that had forced them to terminate the plans of their possible marriage. A source close to the alleged lovebirds had stated, "Vaibhavi and Sanjay were very fond of each other. Both respected each other a lot. Everything was fine, and they wanted to take their relationship to a more meaningful level. But then they both realised that a relationship between them was not meant to be. They both stepped back by mutual consent."
Once in a conversation with a media portal, Vaibhavi Merchant had talked about Sanjay Leela Bhansali and had addressed their relationship and wedding rumours. The choreographer had given some hints about their relationship without taking Sanjay Bhansali's name. She had said, "I am still very fond of Sanjay. We are still great friends. I am a very shy girl. Even if I were in a relationship, I would never flaunt it by putting my arm around my boyfriend in public. I find that very fragmented and crafted. There was this person (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) I wanted to meet and get to know better. But when we got to know each other better, we realised that we were two very strong individuals who were meant to be independent and better off as friends."
Concluding her statement, Vaibhavi had said, "Sanjay and I had hoped that something would work out between us. We gave it a try, but that didn't happen." Well, after all these years of their broken love story, both of them are still unmarried and had often hinted towards the 'one-love, one-life' philosophy in their respective interviews, and their fans are still hoping and praying to see them together someday.
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