Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films stay close to traditions, are intricate, and yet larger-than-life. From the 1999 blockbuster Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to his latest film Gangubai Kathiawadi, there’s something about director extraordinaire Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his vision for all those who are a part of his films that’s incomparable. He’s consistently brought out the best from his actors, often surprising the audience with a side they didn’t know existed. While everyone talks about the heroines directed by Bhansali, let us take a look at the heroes he brought to the big screen.

Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas

Two decades ago, Sanjay Leela Bhansali recreated the iconic love triangle of Devdas, Paro, and Chandramukhi. The 2002 film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. It is easily one of the best movies in the industry and created a impact for various reasons. Shah Rukh Khan’s performance in the film was appreciated and the film won five National Awards and nine Filmfare Awards.

Ranbir Kapoor in Saawariya

Ranbir Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with Bhansali’s Saawariya and he made his way into everyone’s hearts. Having fallen in love at first sight, a shy musician Raj, played by Ranbir, attempts to win the heart of a beautiful young woman, unaware she’s awaiting the return of her own true love. With his performance in Saawariya, Ranbir made his mark as the next-generation hero.

Salman Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

The movie was a box-office hit and Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s on-screen chemistry did wonders for the movie. Sameer (Khan) is a carefree guy and a visiting student from Italy who comes to India to learn music from Nandini’s (Rai) father played by the amazing Vikram Gokhale. This is probably one of Salman Khan’s best movies where his skills were utilised. With the themes of love, separation, patience, and sacrifice, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam received roaring applause from everyone across the nation and bagged several awards, including Filmfare Award for Best Film and Filmfare Award for Best Director.

Ranveer Singh in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best. The audience fell in love with the film and it is still remembered for its beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The bratty, brash, and rugged Ram ruled over the hearts of the audience instantly. His chiseled physique and ethnic Gujarati attire in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film added so much more to the character.

Shantanu Maheshwari in Gangubai Kathiawadi

Afshan, played by Shantanu Maheshwari, brings an innocent, old-world charm in Gangubai Kathiawadi. The latest entry to the SLB actor list, Maheshwari, also made his big-screen debut with the movie. The news of Shantanu joining the movie spurred a massive buzz. When the young heartthrob arrived on screen as Afshan, it was clear that he is here to stay. He plays the role of a tailor, who falls in love with Gangu, the madame of Kamathipura, played by Alia Bhatt.

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