Before he directed Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022), Sanjay Leela Bhansali had made the interval romance, Padmaavat (2018). The movie is predicated on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Sixteenth-century poem. It featured Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Rajput king Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka have been additionally a part of the forged. During the making of the movie and up till its launch, the Hindi function confronted a number of protests and likewise needed to endure just a few adjustments earlier than it hit theatres. (Also learn: Sanjay Leela Bhansali says folks informed him to not make Gangubai Kathiawadi: ‘Have ticked all of the fallacious bins’)
Since then, Sanjay has moved on to interval dramas that borrow sure parts from actual life. But the filmmaker has change into extra cautious after his expertise with Padmaavat. Members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena had led protests and even vandalised the Padmaavat units as they felt the movie confirmed the Rajput queen in a foul mild. Sanjay, who had been assaulted on the movie set as nicely, and actor Deepika have been additionally despatched dying threats. There have been additionally protests over the portrayal of Ranveer’s character Alauddin Khilji.
Speaking at a panel saying his subsequent venture, the online sequence Heeramandi, Sanjay shared, “When you’re making a historical in our country, you need to be careful. So yes, you need to get your facts right. And that is where my research ends because most of it is imagination, most of it is how I see the period. It’s done but it’s not done so detailed because I find research very boring. I, as a filmmaker, am not set out to make a documentary that I want it to be exact.”
Sanjay was accompanied by Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for the Heeramandi announcement. The filmmaker, who’s making his digital debut with Heeramandi revealed that this was the most important venture he had labored on. He added, “It’s so huge in scale. I had to do something special… [Sarandos] had commissioned this to me and therefore we had to do something special to make him proud.”
The filmmaker’s subsequent venture will premiere on Netflix later this 12 months. The eight-episode sequence options Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Sharmin Segal. Set in Lahore, the sequence follows the inside lives of the courtesans of a bygone period.