Born into a Gujarati family, acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali proudly states that he’s Marathi at heart.
Having lived his childhood in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai, a bustling area populated largely by Maharashtrians, Bhansali grew up on Maharathrian culture — right from the music to the food and literature.
Inspired by Marathi authors and other literary works, the filmmaker loves sinking into a book when he has time. Those close to the director will also often find him listening to Marathi songs. Not just that, the director has also roped in famed Marathi music directors Ajay-Atul for his next venture, My Friend Pinto.
Says a source “Bhansali loves Marathi culture since he has grown up around it. He loves their books and music, and is very keen to propagate it. He has taken a step in that direction and roped in musical duo Ajay-Atul, who have composed the music for Marathi films like Jogwa (2009) and Natrang (2010) for My Friend Pinto.”