Is SLB’s Heeramandi Being Converted Into A Seasonal Show?
Sanjay Leela Bhansali completed his 25 years in the industry, and to mark this celebration he partnered with Netflix to make his digital debut with his ambitious project titled Heeramandi. Known to perfect every aspect of his filmmaking, the director’s new project is set to explore the stories of courtesans, the hidden cultural reality of Heeramandi, a district in Lahore in pre-Independence India.
While the OTT opus Heeramandi is gradually shaping into one of the finest digital experiences originating from Asia, a source has described the series as the digital equivalent of K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam. “Every frame is a work of art. You can’t take your eyes off the screen for even a second. Binge-watching would be a crime. Taking in all that beauty at one go would be humanly impossible.”
It is likely that the episodes won’t be released at one go. “Every episode will be like an individual film. To be devoured in leisure,” says one of Bhansali’s Heeramandi actors , all of whom are under contract to not speak about the series until told to.
Netflix has decided to convert Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s proposed series Heeramandi into a seasonal affair. The first season of eight episodes will air in the second-half of 2023(month and date not yet decided).
Revealing details on scheduling plans a source close to the project informs, “The initial plan was to do a limited series. But everyone felt the series had the potential to be converted into a seasonal event.”
For the unversed, the show will have all the critical characteristics of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, like lavish sets, elaborate compositions, and many characters. In addition, Heeramandi promises to put forward stories of love, betrayal, politics and succession.
Netflix has announced ‘Heeramandi’ as their spotlight show from India in the global slate of announcements at its international fan event ‘Tudum.’