Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Netflix come together for mega-series ‘Heeramandi’
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Netflix have joined hands for the mega-series ‘Heeramandi’. As Sanjay Leela Bhansali marks 25 years in the film industry as a filmmaker, he will be bringing to life his passion project.
Sharing his thoughts on ‘Heeramandi’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said: “‘Heeramandi’ is an important milestone in my journey as a filmmaker. This is an epic, first-of-its-kind series based on the courtesans of Lahore. It is an ambitious, grand, and all-encompassing series; therefore I am nervous yet excited about making it. I am looking forward to my partnership with Netflix and bringing ‘Heeramandi’ to audiences all over the world.”
The magnum opus series will explore stories of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of ‘Heeramandi’, a district during pre-independent India. It’s a series about love, betrayal, succession, and politics in the ‘kothas’ which promises Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s trademark larger-than-life sets, multifaceted characters, and soulful compositions.
Monika Shergill, VP, content, Netflix India said: “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a stunning brand of cinema which is uniquely his own, with emotionally charged storytelling, magnificent sets, and unforgettable characters. We congratulate him on completing 25 phenomenal years and giving masterpieces for generations to cherish. We are beyond excited to bring his extraordinary creative vision to storytelling on Netflix. ‘Heeramandi’ will be a story that will intrigue audiences and transport them into a world of incredible grandeur, beauty, and harshness at the same time.”
One of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given Indian cinema some of its biggest cinematic gems from ‘Black’ to ‘Padmaavat’.
Did Kamya Panjabi MOCK Sonakshi Sinha Over Her Acting In Dahaad?
Television actress Kamya Panjabi recently voiced her opinion on the acting skills displayed in the realm of web series, taking a subtle dig at actress Sonakshi Sinha.
Panjabi, known for her roles in daily soaps like ‘Dulhan’, ‘Sanjog’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Doli Armaanon Ki’,, and ‘Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’, expressed her conscious decision to stay away from the OTT space explaining her love & dedication for TV.
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Responding to fellow actor Eijaz Khan’s revelation about facing bias from casting directors and the difficulties TV actors encounter when attempting to break into the web domain, Panjabi candidly shared her perspective in an interview with a news portal. She made it clear that she is not willing to sacrifice her thriving TV career to venture into OTT.
Panjabi further highlighted her concerns about the quality of acting displayed by some actors in web series, without explicitly naming anyone. She cited an example of a recent web series she watched, where the debutant daughter of a popular veteran actor had a lead role.
The acclaimed actress admitted her disappointment as she struggled to continue watching beyond the first episode, emphasizing the subpar acting skills of the veteran actor’s daughter.
Raising questions about the selection process employed by casting directors and producers, Panjabi criticized the tendency to cast actors lacking proficient acting abilities.
Video: Vicky-Sara Inhaling Helium And Singing Phir Aur Kya Chahiye Will Make You ROFL
The team of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan gathered at a suburban multiplex in Mumbai to greet and thank the media members and the audience for the overwhelming response to the film at the box office. The event saw a round of fun and games that drew enthusiastic participation from the media and the star cast.
A video shared by the paparazzi shows Vicky and Sara inhaling helium and singing a rendition of Arijit Singh’s Phir Aur Kya Chahiye. Watch the clip below.
Directed by Laxman Utekar, best known for Luka Chuppi and Mimi, the film was released in theatres on June 2.
Kaushal told reporters, “The film was narrated to us right after the second wave of COVID when the situation was a lot more tense. It was like, ‘What will happen to Bollywood? What kind of films are coming, not coming?’ Then a simple story like this came to me. I just knew this will connect with people.”
“In the last five days, we have realised that this is what we would feel in all our meetings that people will connect with it. Now, that people are loving it, for us, it’s even beyond numbers…To see families coming and watching the film is the real joy. Now that the film has worked in cinema halls, we are here to thank all of you,” he added.
Sara, 27, also thanked her director for giving her the opportunity to play the role of Somya and co-star Vicky Kaushal for being the “most superb partner”.
“It was outstanding to work with you. I don’t want to talk about how talented you are because everyone knows that. You are so humble, gracious,” she said.
Co-produced by Maddock Films and Jio Studios, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ also stars Inaamulhaq, Sushmita Mukherjee, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, and Sharib Hashmi.
Yaariyan 2 director duo not paying salaries, allege film crew
Several technicians and crew working for directors Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao have claimed that the couple has not paid them for their work on the upcoming film Yaariyaan 2. Sources at Naigaon Police Station have confirmed that they have got a complaint from a man named Sumitkumar Mishra, who has alleged that people like him who worked as technicians and workers have not been paid for almost a year. He has alleged that the director duo now avoid even talking about payments.
Villagers await payments
The filmmakers have also not paid locals at a Versova village whose boats they hired for the shoot. According to Raju Kathin, one of the fishermen, 12 to 13 people are awaiting payments.
“They rented four of our boats and used 13 people for their shoot. When we asked for money, they denied even meeting us. We are owed lakhs of rupees at this point. We are waiting for the man who connected us to Sapru and Rao. Once that happens, we will go to Versova police to register a complaint,” Kathin said.
Matter to be dealt with by courts
Meanwhile, according to Naigaon police, the matter is a civil issue, which means it will be dealt with by the courts. The police did try to contact Sapru and Rao, but they did not respond to any calls or messages, an official said. “We have summoned them to be present at our police station on June 5. We will take it forward from there,” the official said.
The News Agency contacted Sapru to know his side of the story. He told that he would call back, but did not do so. Meanwhile, Rao, when contacted said: “I really can’t talk about it.” Yaariyan 2 is produced under the banner of T-Series and will be released on October 20.
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