Alia Bhatt Recalls Her Father Calling Sanjay Leela Bhansali An ‘Overrated Filmmaker’

Alia Bhatt is attracting many positive comments for her performance in the role of Gangubai Kathiawadi. The film has also been a box office success making a business of over 30 crores! Bhatt has recently revealed what her father Mahesh Bhatt had spoken about the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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Last week, Alia spoke on the sidelines of the Berlin International Film Festival where ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ had its world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala segment. When senior Bhatt appeared on Karan Johar’s chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ he had labelled Bhansali an “overrated filmmaker.”


About her maiden collaboration with Bhansali, Bhatt said, “I have wanted to be directed by him ever since I was nine years old. That’s when I first walked into his house to audition for ‘Black’ that he was making at that time. I did a terrible audition and did not get the part.”

“But he looked at me and he narrates that story even now that he looked in my eyes and he said to himself, that she’s going to be a heroine. That means she’s going to be a big actor someday. So he saw that fire in my eyes when I was nine years old. And I think I remember very clearly, from that time onwards, my one point of focus became that one day I have to be directed by him,” she added.

In an interview with The Free Press Journal, when Alia was asked what her father thinks of her latest release, she said, “He had read the script and has seen the film too. He gave a few suggestions, which I passed on to Sanjay sir. He loved the film.”


The film released on 25 Jan, 2022 and is based on the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by Hussain Zaidi.