The series is set in Lahore and tells the stories of the courtesans of Heeramandi.
Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, known for films like Devdas and Bajirao Mastani, collaborated with Netflix for their pre-independence set series titled Heeramandi.
Described as a passionate project by the director, who has just completed 25 years in show business, the series will explore stories of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of Heeramandi district, during pre-independent India.
Heera Mandi is known as the Lahore Red Light Zone. It is located inside the walled city of Lahore. It has been the center of the city’s Tawaif culture since the 15th and 16th centuries.
In a statement, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said: “Heeramandi is an important step in my career as a filmmaker. It is an ambitious, grandiose and global series; so i’m nervous but excited to do it. I look forward to my partnership with Netflix and to bring Heeramandi to audiences around the world. It’s very difficult, I like to take a little time and the scale is big. I’ve been living with a subject for a long time, then I build and build and keep thinking about it… So it’s a lot of time that I spend on a particular idea, but it’s a lot of fun. This is how he finally emerges. So now I think I’m ready to do Heeramandi. “
Bhansali, 58, made his directorial debut with the 1996 film Khamoshi: the musical.
Monika Shergill, Vice President of Content, Netflix India: “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a stunning film brand of her own, with emotionally charged storytelling, beautiful settings and unforgettable characters. We congratulate him on completing 25 phenomenal years and delivering masterpieces to be cherished for generations. We’re more than excited to bring his extraordinary creative vision to storytelling on Netflix. Heeramandi will be a story that will intrigue audiences and transport them to a world of incredible grandeur, beauty and toughness at the same time.
It’s a series about love, betrayal, succession and politics in the kothas that promises Bhansali’s larger-than-life sets, multi-faceted characters and moving compositions. This piece de resistance will be created by the master filmmaker with an eye for detail and intense subtleties that only he is capable of, Netflix said in a statement.
Bhansali’s next film is the biographical crime drama Gangubai Kathiawadi, with Alia Bhatt in the lead role.