Bhansali is my men­tor, says Shreya Ghosal

Shreya is grate­ful to the film­maker for giv­ing her a break in Dev­das

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

PHOTO: AMARBIR SINGH

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