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However, after a week of release, Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court banned the movie's release in Uttar Pradesh.Despite the controversy and limited release, the film opened to critical acclaim and strong box office collections worldwide, ultimately earning ₹2.02 billion (US million) and emerging as the fifth highest-grossing film of 2013.The film also received unanimous acclaim from the critics and won all the major accolades at Filmfare, emerging as the most awarded film in Filmfare, (tied with the 1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge).At the 50th National Film Awards, it won five awards including Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
In 1996, he made his directorial debut with Khamoshi: The Musical, the commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed narration of a daughter's struggle to communicate with her deaf-mute parents.The film's release had been stayed by Delhi High Court due to the controversy over its title, claiming that the movie hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.Later the film's title was changed to Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, and eventually released in India as scheduled.Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Black earned him multiple Best Director and Best Film Awards at Filmfare, the latter also received additional Critics Award for Best Film.
In 2006, Bhansali participated as a judge on reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Farah Khan and Shilpa Shetty.
The film garnered several award nominations for Bhansali including Best Film and Best Director nominations at Filmfare.