The idea to make Heeramandi, a story on the courtesans of Lahore's Heeramandi area, was given to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali nearly 14 years ago by writer Moin Baig. Heeramandi, which in Urdu means diamond market, is an area in the city of Lahore in Pakistan.
Bhansali, however, couldn't make the film at that time as he got busy with Devdas. After that, Bhansali got busy with Saawariya, Guzaarish and then Bajirao Mastani, and the script of Heeramandi couldn't see the light of day.
At one point, writer Moin Baig even asked his script back as Bhansali didn't do anything with it. But as luck would have it, Baig and Bhansali never knew that the iconic story of Pakistan's most popular street would be transformed into a series, that too for Netflix.
As per Bhansali, when he and Baig narrated the story to Netflix, "they were in a tizzy!" At last, Heeramandi deserved a series of 8-9 episodes to tell the world the story of Lahore's tawaifs (courtesans) whose fortunes came crashing down under the British Raj and remains there today.
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Another time, another era, another magical world created by Sanjay Leela Bhansali that we can’t wait to be a part of. Here is a glimpse into the beautiful world of #Heeramandi 💫— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 18, 2023
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Heeramandi, which in Urdu and Punjabi means a diamond market, is an area in the city of Lahore in Pakistan. Sometimes also known as Shahi Mohallah, Heeramandi is one of the most popular destinations in Pakistan that saw a dramatic downfall in the British era.
The market was originally the centre of the city's tawaif (concubines) culture during Lahore's Mughal era, the 15th and 16th centuries. It was started by the Mughals who brought in women from Afghanistan and Uzbekisan to savour the dance and entertainment they provided. Later, some women from different parts of the Indian subcontinent were also brought to Heeramandi to perform on Indian classical dances like Kathak to entertain the Mughals.
During daytime, Heeramandi looks like any ordinary market where shops sell food, khussa (traditional Mughal footwear) and musical instruments for mujra, which happens at night.
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