Known for his big budget and visually extravagant films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a National Award winner director, producer and screenwriter who has mesmerized audiences with films like Devdas and Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. Born in Mumbai, Sanjay studied at FTII, Pune and began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra for the films Parinda (1989), 1942: A Love Story (1993) and Kareeb (1998). He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), charting a daughter's struggle to communicate with her deaf and mute parents. The film was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award. In 1999, he founded SLB Films, a film production house. He directed and produced three back to back super blockbusters,a triangular love story - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), an adaption of the classic Bengali novel - Devdas (2002) and the emotional roller coaster, Black (2005). All three films bagged many awards and earned him three Filmfare awards for the best director. In 2007, he released Saawariya, a passionate love story which ends in agony but it met with heavy criticism. Bhansali staged the opera Padmavati, an adaption of the 1923 ballet written by Albert Roussel, in 2008. Bhansali's Guzaarish (2010) dealt with the sensitive issue of Euthanasia and starred hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He then directed Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013), which was an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The film starred Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and was a major success. In 2013, Bhansali debuted in the small screen with the television show Saraswatichandra, starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget. He has produced movies like produced Rowdy Rathore (2012), Mary Kom (2014) and Gabbar is Back (2015). Sanjay also turned music director for his films Guzaarish and Ram-Leela. His upcoming film is a period romance, Bajirao Mastani (2015), based on the love story of Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.