Heeramandi: The courtesans of Heeramandi are soon arriving at your home screens. History is all set to be recreated on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and television sets by none other than Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The epic series starring Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Sharmin Segal, and Sanjeeda Sheikh. The first look and teaser of Heeramandi give a glimpse of the grandeur and panache of the Shahi Mohallah (or royal neighborhood) located near the Walled City of Lahore, Pakistan. Heeramandi was existent during times of pre-partition India. Bhansali had earlier approached Kareena Kapoor for a movie on the similar subject almost a decade ago. However, the actor said not to Bhansaali due to the bold subject.
The teaser showcases all the actresses dressed in yellow ensembles, looking in the camera as the text “Sanjay Leela Bhansali invites you the world where courtesans were queens” flashes on screen.
The series explores the cultural reality of Heeramandi, a dazzling district, through the stories of courtesans and their patrons set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Indian freedom struggle of the 1940s. A mix of love, betrayal, succession, and politics in the kothas (house of courtesans), Heeramandi promises Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s signature style of larger-than-life stories, intricate and soulful characters, and rippling dynamics of a world rife with conflict during a defining time period for India. Like all of the auteur’s creations, Heeramandi will have unique compositions and music that linger with the audience, just like his stories