On Feb 24, Sanjay Leela Bhansali turns 51 without fanfare. Says the director, "Last year my sister arranged a big surprise 50th birthday party. This year I am in a quiet space. I just want to think and write. I never believed in birthday parties. During childhood, my sister and I had no birthday parties. We would take a packet of sweets to school and distribute it to our class-mates. That was it. We never had birthday parties. Nor were we allowed to go to parties. Now it has become a habit to be on my own on my birthday."
SLB feels more creatively fulfilled now than he ever did. "I feel I am at that stage of my life when all my hard work, all the knowledge and experiences that I've gathered over the years have come to fruition. I feel more fulfilled and complete today than I did when I was 40."
At the moment SLB is producing a massy masala movie called Gabbar. "I've grown up in Bhuleshwar. I'd pass through the red-light area every day looking at those theatres with those eccentric names. I've grown up with the rowdies and the Gabbars all around me. I loved those movies of the early 1970s near Alfred Talkies. The humour in my life even in my in own family was filmy. It's a wonderful thing to go back to these titles."