Heeramandi is Being Questioned by Pakistanis

Even with lavish settings and elaborate costumes, Bhansali’s selection of the subject matter has caused some people to raise their eyebrows.

Bhansali's project ''Heeramandi'' raised eyebrows.
Bhansali's project ''Heeramandi'' raised eyebrows.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, regarded as one of Bollywood’s most illustrious directors, has produced a number of breathtaking works that can take audiences on fantastical journeys.

Similarly, just like that Bhansali has given out the trailer of her new project ‘Heeramandi’. The Pakistanis have raised a lot of concerns regarding this new project. Heeramandi is Bhansali’s first effort at the streaming service, and it features his interpretation of the courtesans who work in Lahore’s Red Light District.

The series, which has been generating headlines for the past few years, has at long last shown its first look, putting an end to the rumors that have been circulating about it.

Even with lavish sets and intricate costumes, Bhansali’s selection of subject matter has caused some people to raise their heads. It has been said that his art direction is an experiment in and of itself and that his frames, which have been likened to paintings several times, allow for a sense of bittersweet nostalgia for the beauty of South Asia’s past.

However, many took to social media and went on to question whether the story itself is India’s to tell. A user penned, “Indian producers use Pakistani stories that Pakistanis themselves should have told the world. Sigh.”



People have stated that Heeramandi should have been a project of Pakistan making it a hit just like Mula Jutt.

One responded, “Also Pakistan has made plenty of Dramas on tawaifs and kothas and none of them have ever been hit because strong narratives are not allowed here. Why not see Heeramandi through the lens of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and see what he comes up with?”

This project would definitely be a blockbuster hit if it were to be directed in Pakistan.


Written by Shaheer Ahmed


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