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Sanjay Leela Bhansali on ‘Padmaavat’ winning 3 national awards: It is a pat on the back and an emotional moment

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S0me of the best moments come after you have gone through the darkest phase of your life. It was the same for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali as his magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ bagged not just one, but three national awards! Yes, at the 66th National Film Awards, ‘Padmaavat’ received the Best Music Director award (songs) for Bhansali, Best Choreography for ‘Ghoomar’ (Kruti Mahesh Madya and Jyoti Tomar) and Best Playback Singer went to Arijit Singh for ‘Binte Dil’.

So naturally, it is a time to rejoice for the reclusive director Bhansali and his ‘Padmaavat’ team. An elated Bhansali recalled all the hardships he went through while making this period drama. The film faced several hurdles before its release. First, a fire broke out on the film’s sets. Later, Karni Sena protested against its release. They even threatened Bhansali and Deepika Padukone.

Talking about the situations through which he composed the film’s songs, Bhansali told Mumbai Mirror, “I made ‘Padmaavat’ through so much chaos and trouble. It is the most difficult film that I have ever made. There has been physical assault, morcha, dharna, banning of the film and every possible thing that could have gone wrong. But every time I felt low, I created a song and it was a nice outlet for me. It (music) was a positive way of looking at all the difficulties.”

The filmmaker feels that since the music came from his heart, it resonated so well with the masses. Reacting on bagging the National Awards, the maverick director told the tabloid, “Any recognition, and especially the one coming from the government, means a lot. It is chosen by the jury of very qualified and respected people. It encourages you to work harder. It is a pat on the back and an emotional moment.”

We send our heartiest congratulations to the director and his entire team.

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