Bhansali is my mentor, says Shreya Ghosal
Shreya is grateful to the filmmaker for giving her a break in Devdas
Singer Shreya Ghoshal’s (above) association with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has only grown stronger over 15 years. She made her debut in Bollywood with Bhansali’s Devdas (2002), and will be singing four songs in his next film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
The film recently came under the scanner when Bhansali was assaulted in Jaipur by a fringe group on the sets. Defending him, she had tweeted, “Disgusted horrified! Gundaraj running the country? Appalled beyond words with wht happened #SanjayLeelaBhansali sir. Can’t believe my eyes. Where is Rajasthan police!! Shame!! What is being done about this?? What’s the point of living in a democracy!” She calls Bhansali her mentor. “Once he knows what he wants, he’ll do whatever it takes to complete it. There’s something about his confidence, that makes all associated with his project comfortable. We’ve worked together fon many films, and my respect for him and his belief has only grown. He isn’t only my mentor, but a good friend,” she says.
“Devdas was one of the most awaited films, and to take an unknown singer, just 17 for a project like that spoke volumes about trust he had in me. It takes guts to do that. There was opposition from all sides, but he fought for me. I’ll never forget that,” she adds.