Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has earned a reputation in Bollywood with his grand vision, resplendent sets and beautiful storytelling. However, it was not so easy for him when he started his journey in the industry. His first film, Khamoshi, which touched upon a sensitive topic, bombed at the box office. The film starred Nana Patekar, Salman Khan, and Manisha Koirala. Where on one side, Salman still stood by SLB after the film flopped, Nana and Manisha never did any other project with him.
In an interview SLB said, “If I would have made Khamoshi in today’s times, maybe it would have worked. I feel the film was way ahead of its times.”
Salman worked with the filmmaker in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which was a superhit. With time their friendship strengthened. However, there was a major fallout between the two later. When SLB was asked if the friendship between him and Salman is still on, he said, “Right now, it is off. Salman is a very dear friend of mine. Never have I said a word wrong against him nor will I ever say anything. What he’s done for me is incredible. He is a brilliant mind in his own way and he’s always stood by me. He has always been very good to me.”
Breaking his silence about the whole issue, Bhansali mentioned, “Maybe I could not make a film with him. If I felt or I am wanting to make a certain kind of cinema and I feel he is not right for the film, I can’t cast him. I understand he will be upset for that because he expects that out of me. He expects a certain kind of love and loyalty. But sometimes, it’s important to do the film that you want to. However ruthless I may sound, but as a filmmaker, I live that film I’m making. I am not disregarding him as an actor. Today, it doesn’t matter whether I am making a film with him or not because he is cult. He stands there and the film does 300 crores.”
“I am dying to do a film with him. But the onus is on him and it all depends on him now,” added the filmmaker.