Exclusive: When Sanjay Leela Bhansali took his mother’s name

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than adding her name to yours. And, then there are celebrities like Sanjay Leela Bhansali who have done this and inspired us.

When Sanjay was assisting the Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the film 1942: A Love Story and had even choreographed a song on Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, Vidhu liked Sanjay’s work asked him his full name to be mentioned under credits. Sanjay then wrote his full name as Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Vidhu was surprised that he used his mother’s name Leela instead of his father’s. Sanjay then told him that it was his mother who raised him single-handedly. It was a moment of great pride and emotions for the mother who had brought up her son all on her own. 

He did not only set an example before all of us but also showed the way forward to follow in his footsteps.

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