He makes intense films full of passion but filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali says he is an extrovert and fun-loving person in real life.
The 48-year-old filmmaker, who has films like Saawariya, Black, Devdas, Khamoshi: The Musical to his credit, said his work has completely changed his image.
"I was never a closed individual. It is surprising that people think that I am a serious and tantrum throwing director. The thing is that I am extremely opposite to what people think about me.
"Even when I was making Black, a real serious film, I was having a lot of fun on the sets with my actors. However, an image has been built around me due to the kind of work that I do and people feel that I am a very intense person," Bhansali told PTI.
His last release was a comedy My Friend Pinto and the director-producer says it was a conscious effort to produce the film to show the audience his lighter side.
"I wanted to show the other side of me. To be very honest, when Raghav (the film's director) narrated the script to me, I was smiling throughout. I found his screenplay to be really choreographed with a lot of funny moments. I liked it a lot as it touched my heart.
"When a story narration does something like that to you, you want to stand by the director and support them. I thought it would be a good idea to make this film," he added.