Vikramaditya Motwane on Violence in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Films, If He’ll Ever Do a Slasher: ‘Blood Would Flow…’

Can you ever imagine acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali doing a slasher or crime thriller with a lot of blood on screen? It’s hard to imagine that the filmmaker, who arranges frames like lovely paintings, could ever be so explicit with his depiction of violence on celluloid.

In Varun Grover’s talk show by author, comedian and lyricist Fursat Mein Serious Baatein with director Varun Grover Vikramaditya Motwane the same question was asked: What if Sanjay Leela Bhansali piloted a slasher? After pausing for a chuckle or two, Motwane said his former boss (he was a longtime assistant to Bhansali) was making a great crime thriller or slasher.

“I think he would make a wonderful film, Sanjay, even if his work isn’t explicitly about violent characters committing violent acts. But there’s a certain violence to Sanjay’s films, whether it’s through their dancing or their shots or their use of wind or whatever. There is violence in this filmmaking,” said Vikram Motwane.

Citing Devdas’ example, Vikramaditya Motwane said Bhansali still chooses to show violence in his film, albeit in a different way: “It can be very disturbing. In Devdas, drinking is a very violent act, or whipping that horse, so if he actually ended up doing a crime novel or slasher, I think he’d do an amazing job. Because then the blood would flow, the knife would shine. That’ll be something.”

Vikramaditya Motwane and Sanjay Leela Bhansali had collaborated on Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas.

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