Sanjay Leela Bhansali's unmistakable trademarks
Apart from larger-than-life theatrics, the Guzaarish director loves to add a number of signature touches to all his creations. Take a peek:
There's nothing simple about a Bhansali creation. Every single frame macroor wide-shot, is a visual poem that depicts the filmmaker's vision with richprops and soaring grandeur. Regardless of where he's shooting, be it a havelior church, the end result is unfailingly resplendent. Even a below par movielike Saawariya boasts of stunning artistry in terms of production design.
Image: Collage of Guzaarish
Woman on top!
Image: Collage of Rani Mukherjee,Madhuri Dixit, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan and Manisha Koirala
Color me Red!
Although the filmmaker was ridiculed for overdoing the blue tint in Saawariya, red is the colour he actually swears by. Notice the presence of this passionate hue in every movie of his. At times as a mark of celebration, on others a symbol of intense ardor, it's bold, gorgeous stain is hard to miss. Even in the starkly titled Black, Rani Mukerji slips into a ruby red dress to accentuate the emotion of a tender first kiss.
Image: Collage of Khamoshi-The Musical, Saawariya, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Guzaarish
The Great Bhansali Musical
Image: Collage of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Guzaarish
Victims of melancholy
Seema Biswas is unable to get over the loss of her young son (Khamoshi-TheMusical). Aishwarya Rai is unhappy in a loveless marriage (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam). Shah RukhKhan takes to alcohol after losing his childhood sweetheart to his ego and another man (Devdas).
Amitabh Bachchan is a grumpy mix of lonely, bitter and disenchanted (Black). Sonam Kapoor is gloomy in the anticipation of her mysteriously missing boyfriend (Saawariya). Hrithik Roshan sees no point in living after a tragic accident (Guzaarish). Get the drift, there's always an element of sadness in one of Bhansali's pivotal protagonists. It's like he's unwilling topaint an entirely rosy picture.
Image: Collage of Guzaarish, Black, Saawariya and Devdas
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Image: Collage of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukherjee
Boys do cry!
Image: Collage of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Black and Devdas
Welcome to my church!
Image: Collage of Black and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Songs about the moon
Image: Collage of Devdas and Saawariya