Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saturday launched his first web series Heeramandi, which will soon stream on Netflix. At an event in Mumbai, Bhansali spoke about his image as a master of tough tasks and a temperamental personality on sets. While he blamed the media for this image, he also admitted that he puts a lot of pressure on his actors.
Asked by a reporter if he really was a homework master and difficult to work with, Bhansali said: “It’s not like that. I’m not a homework master, the image the media has made of me is that it’s hard to work and I’m angry. We just sit there and have a moment that comes out of discussion and conversation, which means I use their brain and they use my brain, all of us together And that moment of magic comes to us, for which I take the credit and say I created magic.
He further said: “But the fact is that it is everyone’s mind. This is the moment you wait for, and it comes after a lot of work and focus, commitment and conviction. They call me Task Master because I won’t let them in my truck until I have that shot. That moment is very precious for all of us and it doesn’t come from me, it comes from everyone.”
Several actors have shared their experience of working with Bhansali in the past. Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who worked with the director on Saawariya and had previously assisted him on the film Black, revealed how he was beaten and abused by the filmmaker, to the point that he had to leave the project.
In a 2016 podcast with Neha Dhupia, Ranbir had said, “He (Bhansali) was a tough teacher and I was kneeling on the sets, he was beating me… after a while it became so overwhelming and I felt so mistreated.” . that I had to leave the movie at one point… I think it was like 10 or 11 months into my job and I was like, ‘Listen, I can’t do this.