Sanjay Leela Bhansali Waited At Madhuri Dixit's Door For 2.5 Years, Claimed To Be Obsessed With Her

Throwback to the time when Sanjay Leela Bhansali was desperate to work with Madhuri Dixit and revealed he was obsessed with her.


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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Waited At Madhuri Dixit's Door For 2.5 Years, Claimed To Be Obsessed With Her

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been regarded as one of those filmmakers, whose creations on the celluloids are no less than a grand affair. The talented artist has stormed headlines for most of his films, since he not only created some of the most majestic sets for them, but he left no stone unturned to include opulent costumes, iconic songs and memorable dance sequences. Moreover, Sanjay, over the years, has chosen some of the most evergreen actresses to become the muse for his films, those which are remembered even today. One such collaboration which he did was with Madhuri Dixit. For the unversed, the actress was an integral part of his iconic film, Devdas.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali once confessed he was obsessed with Madhuri Dixit, waited for 2.5 years at her door

Sanjay Leela Bhansali worked with Madhuri Dixit in 2002 for the film, Devdas, and ever since, the filmmaker was in absolute awe of the actress’ beauty. He admired her immensely and was in short, obsessed with her, to the extent that he had left no stone unturned to convince her to work in two of his films, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Khamoshi-The Musical. Previously, in one of his interviews with PTI, Sanjay expressed his dissatisfaction on not being able to convince the actress for these two films and revealed:

“In my every film, right from Khamoshi, I wanted to direct Madhuri. I am obsessed with her. No other director is as obsessed as me about Madhuri. During Khamoshi, I waited for two-and-half years at her door, to ask her to read the script; but I couldn’t get through to her. So I made the film without her. During Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, I tried to rope in Madhuri, but it did not happen. Then I ensured that in Devdas, she was there.”

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Madhuri was supposed to be a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, Heeramandi

Fast forward to now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is gearing up for his next magnum opus, Heeramandi, that features a star-studded cast, including Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chadha, Fardeen Khan, Shekhar Suman and so many others. The plotline of the much-awaited film revolves around the lives of courtesans. However, did you know that initially, Sanjay considered Madhuri Dixit to be a part of the film? Unfortunately, the plan got stalled, as neither the actress nor the filmmaker couldn’t land in the same page over the creative matters of the script.

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When Sanjay Leela Bhansali was told that the shooting for Devdas was jinxed

Devdas was undoubtedly one of the most classic films of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Indeed, the film boasted of a glorious star cast, with stalwarts like Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Kirron Kher, Dina Pathak and more, it was the grandeur of the shooting sets which grabbed attention. Unfortunately, the film’s budget exceeded, and in fact, a portion of the film’s set even caught fire. In one of his older interviews, Sanjay Leela Bhansali revealed how people thought that the project itself was jinxed and requested him to abandon it.


What do you think about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s remark about Madhuri Dixit?

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