Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the historical inaccuracy of Heeramandi: ‘My cinema will always be larger-than-life’

‘I am not here to make money. I am here to make a film’
Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the historical inaccuracy of Heeramandi: ‘My cinema will always be larger-than-life’

Responding to the criticism of historical inaccuracies in his debut series Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali said that his cinema is “not subtle” and “will always have a dramatic touch.”

In an interview with Galatta Plus, when asked about the show’s accuracy, Bhansali said, “In my mind, it was the most romantic place to be in. I come from that world. I have always watched films with pimps and prostitutes around in the theatres. My cinema will always have that dramatic touch and that larger-than-life approach, which is not subtle, which is not delicate, but it is heartfelt. It’ll have the dignity of it being told on the screen because I work on the visual of it. It has to be worthy of being there because I am reliving a certain moment of my life, of this life, maybe past life.”

He added, “I am responsible for giving my audience an experience and I will give them the fullest of mine. I am not here to make money. I am here to make a film. I am here to make an experience for you.”

Heeramandi is a series set in pre-independent India against the backdrop of the freedom movement and tells the story of courtesans, nawabs and the British and the tussle for power amongst them.

It stars Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Sehgal and Sanjeeda Sheikh. It also marks the comeback of Fardeen Khan, Shekhar Suman and his son Adhyayan Suman.

The series premiered on Netflix on May 1.

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