"I feel a good friend in the industry is a person
who says..'Ok, you've made a film with me, we had a great
working relationship. Now if your other script demands another
person, it doesn't mean you're taking anything away from
me, or you are betraying me or backstabbing me.'
"I feel that is not friendship and if that is what
friendship means, then I would rather stay away from that
kind of friendship in the industry," he said adding
that as a filmmaker, "I want the freedom and the liberty
to say that my script is my god, and my screenplay is the
most important - I have to be honest to it."
"But in Bollywood, if I have worked with a director,
an actor, an actress and I do not repeat them, then there
is no friendship. To put it simply...equations with people
here change from film to film," he said.
A recluse, Bhansali, known for films like "Hum Dil
De Chuke Sanam", "Devdas", "Black"
and "Guzaarish", has few friends in the industry,
but he isn't complaining.
"I, in particular, might not have had too many friends
in the industry, but I do not have enemies either. A good,
healthy relationship with colleagues is what this industry
needs, and I have tried to find and keep healthy relationships,"
said the filmmaker, who feels he can always go back to people
like Salman and Farah, despite their past differences.
Bhansali had a tiff with Farah over the clash between the
release of his "Saawariya" and her "Om Shanti
Om" in November 2007. Salman, who featured in the director's
debut film "Khamoshi - The Musical", made nasty
comments on the former's "Guzaarish". But they
have let bygones be bygones.
"A friend will start off exactly where he left it
and Farah Khan stands for what I am talking about. We had
a problem...but I knew if I go to her with a film, she will
start from where we left.
"There are good friends like that...Salman has been
a very good friend over the years, and so have lots of others,"
said the National award-winner, who is producing "Shirin
Farhad Ki Nikal Padi", which marks Farah's acting debut.
Bhansali also finds a true friend in former beauty queen
Aishwarya Rai, with whom he worked in "Hum Dil De Chuke
Sanam" and "Devdas".
"Aishwarya came to work with me on 'Guzaarish' after
I did two films - 'Black' and 'Saawariya' without her. And
I started off with her exactly from where I left it. She
makes a good friend because at least I didn't have to give
explanations of why I didn't cast her in 'Black', and in