- Adopted the middle name Leela in honour of his mother.
- Founded the production company SLB Films in 1999.
- Staged the opera Padmavati in 2008, which premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
- Five-time winner of the Filmfare Best Director award, whilst four of his films have won the Filmfare Best Film award.
- Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for Black (2005).