Sanjay Leela Bhansali has admitted that he was plunged into deep depression during the raging controversy of Padvamati and also became a chain smoker. The only thing that provided him some relief during the painful period was Lata Mangeshkar's songs.
“It’s Lataji’s songs and cigarettes which have kept me going all these months. I stay quiet. I’ve no words of consolation," he was quoted as saying by Bollywood Hungama. The worst part is that when Sanjay Leela Bhansali switched off his cell phone to escape the incessant threats that were made to him, people started calling his landline number and abusing him.
Some of these calls were received by his old and ailing mother. The threats were also laden with demands of money from Sanjay Leela Bhansali which Sanjay paid no heed to. "The post-midnight calls became more abusive and the threats more pecuniary in nature," the report said. However, finally the worst is over for Bhansali and his film is now releasing on January 25 along with Padman. Sources say that Bhansali didn't want to get into his film's release and has left it to God. He has now cut back on his smoking and slowly but surely, reclaiming his life.
Sounds intense doesn’t it? We however, can’t wait to finally watch Padmavat!