Sharmin Segal opens on how Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrays women in Heeramandi & her experience

Sharmin Segal discusses the way Sanjay Leelaa Bhansali portrays women in the show Heeramandi set to premiere on Netflix.

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One of the biggest of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s projects, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, marks a captivating new chapter in his ongoing exploration of female strength and resilience across his filmography. His series debut with Netflix promises to delve into the lives of courtesans during the pre-independence era, shedding light on a society often shrouded in misconceptions.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work stands out not just for its visual brilliance but also for the powerful women who inhabit his worlds. As Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar prepares to unveil its story, one thing remains certain: Sanjay Leela Bhansali will continue to champion women in his own distinct and powerful way, adding new layers to his legacy. 

Sharmin Segal opens on how Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrays women in Heeramandi & her experience
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Whether it's Sonakshi Sinha's mysterious Fareedan, Richa Chadha's poignant portrayal of Lajjo, Sanjeeda Shaikh's yearning as Waheeda, Sharmin Segal's quest for love as Alamzeb, Aditi Rao Hydari's pursuit of freedom, or Manisha Koirala's radiant Mallikajaan in Heeramandi, Bhansali consistently pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms, solidifying his position as a master storyteller.

Sharmin Segal, discussing the way the auteur portrays women in the show, mentions, “Heeramandi is not just about showing the tough reality of Tawaifs. It's more like a deep dive into their feelings and thoughts. It's not just about the daily grind; it's more about what goes on inside their minds. This is what Sanjay Leela Bhansali's world is - all about understanding the emotions of these women in a unique way.”

From the defiant resilience of Gangubai Kathiawadi to the unwavering strength of Mary Kom, the women in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's cinematic universe serve as more than just enchanting beauties. These are layered characters on a journey navigating societal constraints, defying expectations, and carving their own destinies. 

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