Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sanjay Leela Bhansali distorting history

Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali if I make a movie a decade later showing this accomplished director was a drug addict and used to beat his co actors on sets of course with a disclaimer that this movie is a work of art and changes have been made to characters but use the name Sanjay Leela Bhansali

How will you feel?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born in the year 1963 in Mumbai. He was a student of Film and television Institute of India, from where he was thrown out after a spat with the institute’s director. 

Bhansali is also the only filmmaker who couldn’t be bothered with authenticity, accuracy and other such yardsticks when it comes to creating cinema.


He is the only filmmaker who could not only take Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s much-loved parable Devdas and give it a saas-bahu serial makeover in the name of creative license. After all, in the dozen odd adaptations of the novel no one could come with the idea of putting Chandramukhi and Paro in the same space, at the same time and heck even make them dance the same steps.

Bajirao Mastani

It’s rather unfortunate that the legend of Peshwa Bajirao, something that possessed all the right ingredients needed for a truly great film, ended up falling short in the hands of the one filmmaker who had the right credentials to take it to the next level. 

Facts distorted in Bajirao Mastani

He was the great Maratha general and statesman, changed the map of India in the mid-eighteenth century. His military campaigns were classic examples of his genius.
It was he who expanded the Maratha Kingdom beyond Maharashtra across the Vindhyas and got it recognised in Delhi, the capital of the Mughals who kept Bharat (India) under their rule for many years. The Maratha Kingdom created by its founder, Shivaji, and later expanded by Bajirao reached its peak during his son’s reign twenty years after his death. After driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, they raised the saffron flag not just on the walls of Attack, but even beyond.
Bajirao is thus acknowledged as one of the greatest warriors in Indian history.
A brilliant military tactician, a born leader and a brave soldier; in every possible, sense he was the true torchbearer of Chhatrpati Shivaji's dream.
Bajirao was struck by a virulent fever at Raver (near Indore,south of river Narmada) and hardly in a weeks time, he breathed his last (on 18 th April 1740). He was just forty.
At the time of his death his wife Kashibai and son Janardhan were by his side. His son performed his obsequies.
About the movie
The 9th decedents of Bajirao were upset with the character shown of this great warrior as a lost lover
Every time Mahendra Peshwa thinks of the lyrics of the song 'Malhari' from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming historic drama Bajirao Mastani, he shudders.
"It is unimaginable to think that Thorle Bajirao would use words such as 'Dushman ki waat lavli'," he says, his voice dripping with contempt.
In a phone interview with HuffPost India, 52-year-old Mahendra, said
"I understand filmmakers taking cinematic liberties, but what I don't understand is the inefficient research leading to gross historical inaccuracies," 
So Bhansali managed to show this hero as a doomed lover who gave up his life for a woman not bothered about his kingdom

The limits of fiction?

Though Sahasrabudhe acknowledges that the romantic aspect of the story was a later invention, she still thinks there is a limit to how far imagination should go.

“In the name of fiction, you cannot show something that is non-cultural, non-historical and disgusting,” she said. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has put a statement that this is fiction – then he should not use their real names. Otherwise how can you claim anything?”

Fate of padmavati

Now after opposition to his latest movie Bhansali again giving FOE and work of art as an excuse. Bollywood fraternity standing behind this director like never  before say that Art is in danger. Their excuse " when you don't even know the script how can you react"

My simple question to them. Can we trust Bhansali when he has distorted two legends Devdas and Bajirao?  What tomorrow he gets away writing disclaimer and portray all vulgar facts on his lavish sets?

Now lets get down to facts of Sanjay Bhansali contribution to society. With films earning unlimited wealth the estimated wealth of this director is 

NET WORTH 2016 - 112 MILLION $

However in name of contribution to society his financial contribution limited to  extending a compensation of over Rs 20 lakh to the family of a worker, who was killed in a mishap on the sets of his next film "Padmavati".

In the name of social welfare he has hardly made any movies giving some message to society or national interest.

Compare this to Respected Nana Patekar. Check this facts about this not so rich actor

  • While he can afford almost every luxury of life, Nana Patekar still chooses to live in a 1 BHK apartment with his mother. 
  •  He had made a generous donation of 15,000 rupees per family to almost 62 families of the farmers who committed suicide in Marathwada region. He himself visited around 112 farmers’ families in Marathwada.
  • His Organisation now plans to connect with 700 more in the areas of Nagpur, Latur, Hingoli, Parbani, Nanded, Aurangabad, etc.
  •  His foundation has already successfully managed to collect Rs. 22 crores from the people for farmer welfare. The major aim of the foundation now is to fill back the dried lakes and rivers in order to provide safe drinking water to farmers and their families. 
  • Actor Nana Patekar personally went to the seats of farmer widows and handed over cheques of Rs. 15,000 in a small hall in Latur, Marathwada. When there was a power failure for 5 minutes, people turned on the torch on their phones so that Nana Patekar could continue to distribute cheques.
  •  Explaining his involvement and contribution towards the cause, Nana Patekar told media: "Marte damm tak jeene ki vajah mil gai hai mujhe." (I have found a reason to live, till I die.)

Now I leave it to readers if they applaud Sanjay leela Bhansali for his lavish sets and direction or boycott him for distorting facts about history. Remember our kids watch movies and they have much stronger impact then what is written in books or available online.

Wake up Bollywood.  Sadly you never united when India was being shown in bad light by your fraternity or when pakistani actors making fun of our country.


  1. Stunning piece of research & a slap on the face of SLB.

  2. Very nicely written. You are great

  3. Very nice and a truth that must come out

  4. Dhanyavad, for such an excellent analysis.

  5. A nation that allows its history to be distorted commercially cannot hope to call its great

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  7. True indeed Renuka. I challenge SLB & Co to make a film on Indira Gandhi "romancing" with ZA Bhutto at Shimla & releasing +90,000 Pakistani PoW without advantage India...a good script...try THIS historocally correct aspect...or SLB try Rajiv Gandhi dream roancing with Benazir Bhutto or Akilesh Yadev romancing with Priyanka Gandhi...

  8. Very good job by making public aware that seeing a movie in big banner is not paisa wasool entertainment.Break the barriers reject the films not acceptable @premlataasopa

  9. I appreciate it. secular analysis for secular people. Good going. I would appreciate your efforts for the other issues of the society. Thank you.

  10. You put the facts together!Kudos!
    Thank-you Renuka, for throwing light on SLB (not the limelight)

  11. Thanks for letting the world see SLB true face

  12. Nice article by #RenukaJain exposing Sanjay Leela Bhansali...
    The attack on #Padmavati film set and #SanjayLeelaBhansali or such a gundaism always condemnable... But what about the distorted history shown in the film?
    Why not a single person from film industry who was keen to support Bhansali but never spoke a single word against the distortion of historical facts on the monies?
    They argue that it was a fiction but in that case they have no right use the historical characters name also.

  13. History cannot be changed and used for çhanging the facts to swell box office collection.

  14. even if he misinterpreted or mis-represented the facts, get over yourself and come to the real life...does that give license to the rajut Goondas to dole justice as they seem fit ?

    DO you even have a conscience ....??? justifying violence for the most Heinous crime

  15. Kudos ..these billywood bhands sell their souls for money ..t s just profit n history sells so he is distorting history to compensate for his lack of creativity

  16. Bhanshali taking advantage of freedom from Hindu religion