March 01, 2023

‘Heeramandi’ Indian Netflix Historic-Drama Series: Everything We Know So Far

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    Coming to Netflix sometime in 2023 is the “magnum opus” of the career of Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the Hindi-language drama Heeramandi. Set in the backdrop of pre-independence India, and centered around a powerful group of courtesans, we expect Heeramandi to be a dazzling display of Indian filmmaking. Here’s everything we know so far about Heeramandi on Netflix.

    Heeramandi is an upcoming Indian Netflix Original drama series co-directed and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of India’s most talented Hindi filmmakers.

    Sanjay Leela Bhansali had the following to say about the series;

    “Heeramandi has a special place in my heart as it has stayed with me for 14 years. The most compelling aspect of storytelling for me is the opportunity to represent real characters, especially women, and portray their emotions with interesting nuances. The women of Heeramandi are queens in their own right, and my effort with this story is to bring these historic characters to life with a modern approach. Netflix made this possible for us by nurturing and making an artist like me feel at home.”

    The story is by Moin Beg, which has been adapted into a series by writers Mitakshara Kumar, Snehil Dixit Mehra, and Vibhu Puri

    When is Heeramandi season 1 coming to Netflix?

    At the time of writing Netflix has to announce an official release date for Heeramandi. All of the promotional material so far has the series listed as “Coming Soon.”

    We are under the assumption that the series will eventually be released on Netflix sometime in 2023.

    For now, there is a sneak peek of the series that subscribers can enjoy.

    What is the plot of Heeramandi?

    A synopsis for Heeramandi has been sourced from Netflix:

    The series explores the cultural reality of Heeramandi, a dazzling district, through the stories of courtesans and their patrons set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Indian freedom struggle of the 1940s. A mix of love, betrayal, succession, and politics in the kothas (house of courtesans).

    Who are the cast members of Heeramandi?

    Playing the lead roles of the Courtesans are the following actress.

    Manisha Koirala

    Extremely popular in Bollywood in the 90s, Manisha starred in various romantic dramas such as Dil Se…BombayCompany, and Khamoshi the Musical.

    So far Manisha has only starred in two Netflix Originals, the 2020 rom-com Maska, and the 2018 romantic drama Lust Stories.

    Sonakshi Sinha

    The Bollywood actress has yet to feature in a Netflix Original and will mark her debut in Heeramandi. Outside of Netflix Sonakshi is known for roles in such films as DabanggSon of Sardaar, and Lootera.

    Aditi Rao Hydari

    Rising star Aditi Rao Hydari previously starred in the Indian Netflix adaptation of The Girl on the Train, where she starred in the role of  Nusrat John.

    Richa Chadha

    Heeramandi will be the Netflix debut for Gangs of Wasseypur actress Richa Chadha. She spent four years on the Amazon Prime series Inside Edge from 2017 to 2021.

    Sharmin Segal

    Relative newcomer Sharmin Segal could find Heeramandi as the breakout series for international stardom. Her unnamed role in Heeramandi will be her third acting role to date and her first on Netflix.

    Sanjeeda Sheikh

    Sanjeeda has only starred in one Netflix film, the 20202 Indian mystery-horror Kaali Khuhi. She is most well-known for her roles in television dramas such as Kya Hoga Nimmo KaEk Hasina Thi, and Kayamath.

    The remaining actors confirmed to be appearing in the series are;

    • Fardeen Khan (No Entry)
    • Paresh Pahuja (Tiger Lives)
    • Rahull Arora as Gambler
    • Tarun Arora (Jab We Met)

    What is the episode count?

    We can confirm that Heeramandi has a total of 8 episodes, as revealed by Bhansali and the physical toll of film-making;

    I’ve made 10 films in 30 years. In the last few years I’ve made 3 films and to now make 8 episodes, feels like ‘what have you put me through?’ Making a show like Heeramandi is so demanding, it is so difficult. You have to be so alert because there are so many tracks.

    During the shoot you can realise that you’ve missed that one crucial shot that was required to convey the key aspect of the story. You have to constantly keep going back to the script. You have to generally consider that when you are working on a web series you have to double the number of hours you put in as compared to when you are making a film. It is far more intense, hard work and demanding to work on a web series. I have given my best to Heeramandi. It has come from within.

    Are you excited about the release of Heeramandi on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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