Sanjay Leela Bhansali makes his web-series debut with Heeramandi, after two years of announcement, and celebrities can't get over it
Alia Bhatt, Heeramandi poster
The wait is over! Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus - Heeramandi’s first-look finally has been dropped by Netflix, after two years of simmering anticipation. Ever since Bhansali unveiled his star-studded cast last year, the internet has been abuzz, eagerly piecing together clues about the plot and release date. Now, Netflix holds the key, ready to unlock the web-series soon. Get ready to be swept away by passion, intrigue, and Bhansali's signature opulence, marking his grand web-series debut.
Heeramandi's first-look has ignited a frenzy online. The one-minute-eleven-second video has captivated not just the netizens, but even Bollywood A-listers. Alia Bhatt, for instance, shared the video on Instagram, describing it as "pure magic" and expressing her anticipation for the series.
We all know how much Alia Bhatt adores Bhansali. She has always been very vocal about her admiration for the filmmaker, ever since she has done Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022). It was the first film in her career, where she was the only main lead, and it collected more than ₹200 crore at the box office. Not only that, Bhatt even received the National Award of India for the crime drama. It's really a significant moment in her life to receive such a prestigious accolade, after being highly trolled and receiving severe backlashes every now and then for marrying Ranbir Kapoor.
The first-look of Heeramandi shows some tragic stories of love and betrayal in the lives of women who worked as dancers and entertainers in India when the country was under British rule. The video takes us to a beautiful castle called Heeramandi, and introduces us to these women (played by Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Segal, Richa Chadha, and Sanjeeda Sheikh), and the people who came to cherish them. The story also happens during a very important time in India's history, when people were fighting for freedom from British rule.
Originally slated for 2023, Heeramandi will now grace our screens soon this year on Netflix. While the release date remains a secret, the wait promises to be worth it.