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Bhansali touched by unit's birthday gift
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
On the occasion of his birthday, all the junior artistes on the sets of 'Saawariya' gave filmmaker Sanajay Leela Bhansali a surprise gift. The director says it was his life's most touching experience.
Bhansali turned 42 on Feb 24.
'At 6 p.m., when we had to pack up, all my junior artistes suddenly came to me in a large group, presented me a lovely Ganpati statute and a bouquet and burst into the 'Happy Birthday' song,' Bhansali told IANS.
'Suddenly, my 14 years as a filmmaker seemed worthwhile. To have earned the goodwill of these people, to have them feel so sincerely happy on my birthday, what more could I ask for?'
Bhansali, whose ideal birthday gift is a day spent with his mother and sister and his two nieces, has a lot to look forward to this year.
'I've my 'Saawariya' coming up for release, and my sister Bela is starting her own film, which I'm very excited about. Forty-two seems like a ripe old age. But I don't feel old. I just feel there's so much more I want to do.
'I've promised a dear friend that I'll make 25 films during my lifetime. I've 21 more to go. Movies are my life. But I also want to experience a life beyond movies.'
In summer 2008, Sanjay leaves for Paris to direct an opera.
'I'm seeing that as a part of a continuous flow in my creativity. People who follow my films carefully see 'Black' and 'Devdas' as operatic in mood and texture. I want to bring elements from my own creative element into the opera.'