Mumbai: The wait is over for the fans of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the acclaimed filmmaker who is known for his lavish movies. The first look of his maiden web series ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ has been released by Netflix, and it promises to be a visual spectacle like never before. The web series, which has been in the news since its inception, features a stellar cast of actors who will bring to life the story of Heeramandi, a place where courtesans were once queens.
‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ is a historical drama set in pre-independent India, where the freedom struggle was gaining momentum. The series explores the power dynamics, the love affairs, the revenge plots, and the artistic legacy of Heeramandi, a diamond bazaar in Lahore (now in Pakistan) that was home to the most exquisite and talented tawaifs (courtesans). The series follows the journey of a young heir who chooses love over succession and challenges the status quo of Heeramandi.
The series, which is Bhansali’s passion project that he has been working on for 14 years, is a celebration of art, culture, beauty, and Bhansali’s cinematic style. The series is set to redefine the web series genre for Indian and global audiences, as it showcases Bhansali’s signature grandeur, opulence, and musical flair. The series is a collaboration between Bhansali Productions and Netflix, and it is expected to release in 2024.
The series boasts a magnificent cast that includes Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Sharmin Segal, and Sanjeeda Sheikh. They will portray the characters of Heeramandi, who are graceful, glamorous, and powerful. The first look of the series gives a glimpse of the stunning sets, the elaborate costumes, the mesmerizing music, and the captivating performances that await the viewers. The series is a tribute to the art of tawaifs, who were not only entertainers, but also influencers, educators, and patrons of culture.