Though Sanjay Leela Bhansali's last movie Guzaarish did not click well with the audience, the filmmaker was flattered when her favourite diva Madhuri Dixit appreciated his work.
"She (Madhuri) saw Guzaarish and called me and said she loved it. When she called me saying she loved every minute of the film... it meant a lot to me," Bhansali said.
Directed by Bhansali, the film starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, explored the life of a paraplegic and dealt with another serious issue - euthanasia. However, the film failed to create any magic at the box office.
Madhuri had essayed the role of "Chandramukhi" in Bhansali's Devdas alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.
"I waited for two-and-half years during Khamoshi at her door to ask her to read the script but I couldn't get through to her. So I made the film without her. During Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam also I tried but it did not happen. Then I ensured that in Devdas Madhuri was there," the 48-year-old director said.
Bhansali was upset that he had to wait for four years to see Madhuri, who was one of the judges for the fourth season of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, performing.
"I waited for four years as a director to see her dance as Chandramukhi, whereas in Jhalak Dihkla Jaa the contestants got to see her every two minutes. I was very upset. This is unfair. I waited four years for her. She is such a great and natural artist. She lights up the performance," Bhansali said.
He will now be judging the Indian version of the music reality show X Factor along with playback singers Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. The show will be aired on Sony Entertainment Channel from May 29.