Sanjay Leela Bhansali talks about his magnus opus Heeramandi; says, “It’s a difficult one, hope we come across with flying colours”

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After the Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to create magic on-screen with his next series Heeramandi. Sanjay Leela Bhansali joined hands with Netflix to bring the magnum opus to life as the series will also mark 25 years of the filmmaker. The series will explore the lives of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of pre-independent India.

Talking about Heeramandi, Bhansali opened up about the magnum opus at Netflix’ Tudum Event and said, “Heeramandi was something that my friend Moin Baig got to me as a 14 page story, 14 years ago and then finally when we presented it to Netflix, they loved it and they thought it had great potential to make a mega-series. It is very ambitious, it’s very big and vast. It tells you the story of courtesans. They kept music, poetry and dance and the art of living. It shows the politics within the brothels and how to emerge as the winner. It is a difficult one but I hope we come across with flying colours this time.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Bollywood and his movies are always culture rich. You can tell by the grandeur and extravagance that it is an SLB film. So when he was asked about his journey as a filmmaker at the event, the director said, “I remember when I was a four year old kid and my father had taken me to a shoot and he said you sit here and I’ll meet my friends and come. I was in the studio and it seemed the most comfortable to me. More than a school, a playground, a cousin’s house, or anywhere in the world, I thought it was the most beautiful place. When I look back at 25 years, I think it’s very precious to me because you have to be blessed to be able to get a chance to make a film and that’s why I cling on to the studio because the studio floor is the most magical, that’s my temple, that’s my everything.”


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Meanwhile, Heeramandi will release on Netflix, but apart from that, all other details of the series are kept under wraps. Fans are curious to know who will star in Heeramandi but for now, the details are yet awaited.

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