Deepika, Madhuri and Ashwariya Casted in New Netflix Show on Lahore’s Red Light Area

A stellar cast for a daring endeavor..

Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Ashwariya Rai Bachman will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much anticipated movie ‘Heera Mandi’ premised on Lahore’s red light area.

Previously, Peeping Moon reported that Sanjay Leela Bansali’s next would be a Netflix film about Lahore’s red light area. The film had been on the cards before but was shelved until December 2020, when it was reported the filmmaker was reviving the project after 13 years.

The Devdas director was keen on making the period drama a Netflix original.

“Bhansali and his production company’s CEO Prerna Singh have been in talks with Netflix for quite some time now and they recently agreed to work together on Heera Mandi which has been a passion project for the filmmaker. The film has been envisioned as a big-scale custom drama and will have all the elements of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali epic even though he’s not directing it himself,” Peeping Moon reported.


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Initially the cast for the daring endeavor had not been finalized. Names like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Preity Zinta, and Priyanka Chopra had been long considered for the cast, but who made the cut.

Now the Heera Mandi cast is set to be star-studded. According to Indian media, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Ashwariya Rai Bachman, Parineeti Chopra, Manisha Koirala, and Vidya Balan.

Although the rest of the cast is presumably rumored. It is rumored that Gangubai Kathiavadi and Heera Mandi are the same film. Is the director actually dropping hints about Alia Bhatt making the cut. Looks like Alia Bhatt will be playing a character named Madam of KathiavadiGangubai Kathiavadi.

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That is a disputed rumor, with reports that Gangubai Kathiavadi is a biopic about a prostitute while Heera Mandi is a more holistic story of within the walls of Lahore’s red light area.

Is this really just a birthday wish or something more? The production house’s logo in the corner certainly sparks mystery.


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Shooting for Heera Mandi will commence in the first quarter of 2021. As always the film is expected to have a grandiose production much like many of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s films. Vibhu Puri, the writer behind dialogues for Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer, Guzaarish will direct the film.

Vibhu Puri made his directorial debut with Ayushmann Khurrana’s Hawaizaada.

The film is expected to go on the floors in the first quarter of 2021.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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