Bhansali's love triangle blended the reality of Eastern Europe with the extravagance of mainstream Hindi cinema: in the pictured scene, he recreates a very real moon-lit night using production design and lighting on a set.
Bhansali and Nitin Desai's recreation of Chandramukhi's kotha was lauded for how much a risk it was, and for just how incredible it looked on the big screen.
The fantastical world of Saawariya was tinged with blue all over, but that lent it a certain sense of the exotic unlike most other films of the time.
The interplay of light and sets mirrors the illusions the protagonist of Bhansali's sixth directorial once created.
Bhansali depicted the famed Aaina Mahal of Poona in the song "Deewani Mastani", an inciting incident in the film and the filmmaker's tribute to K. Asif's Mughal-e-Azam (1960).
The Chittor Fort was recreated for the production, serving as one of the largest sets made for a Bhansali film.
Bhansali practically recreated 50s and 60s Kamathipura, with streets and building frontages and decor.