Though Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last
movie ‘Guzaarish’ did not click well with the audience, the
filmmaker was flattered when her favourite diva Madhuri Dixit
appreciated his work.
“She (Madhuri) saw ‘Guzaarish’ and called me and said she
loved it. When she called me saying she loved every minute
of the film…it meant a lot to me,” Bhansali told PTI.
Directed by Bhansali, the film starring Hrithik Roshan
and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, explored the life of a paraplegic
and dealt with another serious issue – euthanasia. However,
the film failed to create any magic at the box office.
Madhuri had essayed the role of ‘Chandramukhi’ in
Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ (2002) alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
and Shahrukh Khan.
“I waited for two-and-half years during ‘Khamoshi’ 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’ also I tried but it did not happen. Then I
ensured that in ‘Devdas’ Madhuri was there,” the 48-year-old
Bhansali was upset that he had to wait for four years to
see Madhuri, who was one of the judges for the fourth
season of ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’, performing.
“I waited for four years as a director to see her
dance as Chandramukhi, whereas in ‘Jhalak Dihkla Jaa’ the
contestants got to see her every two minutes. I was very
upset. This is unfair. I waited four years for her. She is
such a great and natural artist. She lights up the
performance,” Bhansali said.
He will now be judging the Indian version of the music
reality show ‘X Factor’ along with playback singers Sonu
Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. The show will be aired on Sony
Entertainment Channel from May 29.
On what ingredients he would look for in a contestant,
the filmmaker said, “I would first look for great singer
because it’s a music show. He or she must be in ‘sur’ then I
would see how much the persons eyes speak or say as I believe
one can express their feelings through eyes and then ability
When asked to share his views on being a judge and a
director, Bhansali said, “Judging and directing both is
difficult and different in their own way. Judging is more
difficult as cameras follow you round the clock and people
would see me on television. When I direct films nobody is
following me…you are not there on national television. So
one is at ease and is comfortable.”
“But in television there is responsibility of someone’s
life and future on you because its the matter of their career.
So a wrong judgment could become a loss. It is essential to
show respect towards a contestant. One must never be rude. You
have to talk with great respect and talk in a civil manner,”