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What Heeramandi Is About

By SUBHASH K JHA
October 21, 2021 15:39 IST
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IMAGE: Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Photograph: Kind courtesy Bhansali Productions/Instagram

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi is a musical in the truest sense. The songs will carry the narrative forward.

"SLB has already composed 20-35 songs for Heeramandi, of which he will use 16-20 songs in the series," a source from the series tells Subhash K Jha.

"Three will be semi-classical songs, but nothing that the young listener cannot identity with. Heeramandi is not for audiences of the Pakeezah/Umrao Jaan era. SLB has designed it as attuned to today's youngsters."

 

Photograph: Kind courtesy Bhansali Productions/Instagram

There will not be too much classical singing and dancing, the source adds.

"Kotha hai, naach-gana toh hoga. But not to the extent that we saw in legendary films like Pakeezahand Umrao Jaan. Also, SLB wants to make it an upbeat series."

"Normally, films on the kotha and tawaif end on a note of tragedy. These tawaifs in Heeramandi are happy souls. They deserve a happy ending. Both Netflix and Bhansali will make sure of that."

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