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06-21-2013, 02:31 AM #1
Sanjay Leela Bhansali bats for Sooraj PancholiSanjay Leela Bhansali says Sooraj Pancholi, who is in judicial custody on the charge of abetting suicide of actress Jiah Khan, was extremely hard working and focussed when he assisted him on "Guzaarish".
Not many know that Sooraj's father Aditya Pancholi and Bhansali live in the same building, though on different floors. Sanjay, who is hermetic by nature, doesn't meet Aditya much, Aditya's wife Zarina Wahab and Sanjay's mother Leela are best friends.
"They are constantly in touch. Zarinaji is a fantastic cook. And she rushes up to our floor with dishes all the time, while my mother too looks out for Zarinaji and the family all the time," said Bhansali affectionately.
It was during one of Zarina's regular afternoon sessions with Leelaji that the suggestion that Sooraj assist Bhansali was mooted.
"That's how Sooraj came to me to assist me for 'Guzaarish'. And I must admit, he was extremely hard working, focussed and soft-spoken. Sooraj would be on the sets on time and he was a fast learner. There were no airs about being a star son. I must say Zarina and Aditya have done a good job of bringing him up," said the filmmaker....being a human...