Sanjay Leela Bhansali announces cast reveal through the teaser of his upcoming Netflix web series Heeramandi based on the novel.
Heeramandi is a historic locality in the walled city of Lahore, near the Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort. It was once known for its grand mansions and havelis, many of which were built during the Mughal era. Thus, these buildings were owned by wealthy merchants, aristocrats, and courtiers, who used them as residences, guest houses, and places of business. Hence, several literary stories have been made on the life of the people living in this famous locality.
The Story Of Heeramandi
Heeramandi is a novel written by the renowned Indian writer Amrita Pritam. It was first published in 1971 and is set in pre-partition Punjab. The story revolves around a courtesan named Heeramandi and her relationships with various men, including a young man from a wealthy family. Hence, the main lead is depicted as a strong, independent woman who is unapologetic about her profession and her lifestyle. She is a skilled singer and dancer who is much sought after by men from all walks of life. However, despite facing discrimination and social stigma, she continues to assert her identity and lives life on her own terms.
The novel offers a vivid portrayal of life in the red-light district of Lahore and provides a glimpse into the social and cultural milieu of pre-partition Punjab. Moreover, it also touches upon themes such as love, desire, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is said that the web series is based on the original novel as well, giving portrayal of a woman who defies societal norms and lives life on her own terms. Moreover, the series will be a reflection of the larger socio-political landscape of pre-partition era.
Sanjay Leela Bansali About Heeramandi
While describing his filming journey to Netflix India, Sanjay gives a brief idea and concept behind his upcoming web series Heeramandi.
Sanjay revealed the idea of web series by saying “Heeramandi was something that my friend Moin Baig got to me as a 14-page story 14 years ago. And then, when we finally presented it to Netflix, they loved it. They thought it had great potential to make a mega series.” Watch the full clip here!
The Cast Reveal Of Heeramandi
The teaser has been making rounds on the internet and shows glimpses of the beautiful and talented actors who will be portraying the complex characters in the show. Heeramandi web series will feature actors Manisha Koirala, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Segal, Richa Chadha, Sanjeeda Shaikh, and Sonakshi Sinha. The cast itself is depicting a very woman centric story which is what Heeramandi is known for.
Fans Reaction On Twitter
If SLB had a lil more business acumen and was following the Bollywood trends, he would have included Huma and teased her inclusion in Heera Mandi in Gangubai as a starting point for the tawaif-verse.
Sonakshi stands out the most for me.
#SanjayLeelaBhansali has given us a glimpse of the beautiful and magnificent world of #HeeraMandi
#SanjayLeelaBhansali continues to bring in light stories where #courtesans own their agency and break free a man’s world.
India need more directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali who make big budget women-centric films and shows. #HeeraMandi #SanjayLeelaBhansali
The highly anticipated web series “Heeramandi” has revealed its cast and fans of the book and acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali are buzzing with excitement! The series promises to be a grand, visually stunning production that will capture the essence of pre-partition Punjab and the story of courtesans of Heeramandi. Thus, fans can hardly wait to see how Bhansali and the cast will bring this masterpiece to life on the small screen.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s love of his signature larger than life creations is written all over Heera Mandi too. However, it remains to be seen if the grandeur onscreen will do justice to the human stories that prevailed at the time. Will Heeramandi grant a new life, a revival of the splendour of yesteryears or, will it be yet another grand project promising love, desire and perhaps, tragedy? We wait to see how the story unfolds on Netflix. Release date yet to be announced.
I really wish relations between India and Pakistan were normal this would have allowed Sanjay Lees Bhansali to visit Lahore along with his team and work with local Pakistani Artist to collaborate with Indian Artists on this Project of Heeramandi Story Telling based on the Amrita Pritam novel and Moin Baig script