At a press conference, he said, “Someone came and told me I shouldn’t be doing Gangubai because it has a female heroine and is woman-centric. The box office doesn’t do well in India for films with female subjects or that are female-oriented, there is a sex worker, and in my case, none of the other prerequisites for a commercial picture were present. “I may have checked all the wrong boxes, but here is the evidence that the film was successful,” he continued. That’s the assumption. A filmmaker must start the transformation.
Heeramandi, the director’s upcoming project, will mark his OTT debut. Sanjay Leela Bhansali said of the undertaking, “Heeramandi is a critical milestone in my journey as a director. Based on the courtesans of Lahore, this epic serial is the first of its kind. I am anxious but delighted to create this series since it is ambitious, huge, and all-encompassing. I’m looking forward to working with Netflix and introducing Heeramandi to viewers everywhere.
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Meanwhile, the period drama Heeramandi stars Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Sharmin Segal. Set in Lahore, the series followed the lives of the courtesans of that era. The series is due to be out on the streaming platform sometime this year.