Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies: A Gorgeous and repetitive filmography.


Khamoshi: The Musical, Black and Guzaarish — can you sense the common theme here? Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam — what ties these movies together? The first set of films were about grief and finding meaning in life despite the physical obstacle. Of finding a sense of normalcy and excelling within that world, which at the outset, might seem impossible to an outsider. Whereas, Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam were essentially love triangles, painted luxuriously with every kind of opulence imaginable. Yes, it might seem like a simplification, but when you break it down to its bare minimum, the aforementioned subjects are the legs that these movies stand on. Even Sawaariya was ultimately a love triangle. The only feature that stands out is perhaps Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, and not because it is a superior film, but because it doesn’t necessarily fit into these two categories.