There are reports in a section of the press that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to “revive”his “favourite” project Heera Mandi, and that too with his former assistant Vibhu Puri(ever heard of him?) directing the project as a webseries for an OTT platform.
Unfortunately these reports are true.
A source confirms. “He(Sanjay Leela Bhansali) has no plans to direct Heera Mandi himself. He is already directing Gangubai Kathiawadi which is also set in the redlight area. Similar films about a gallery of sex workers lighting up a redlight area have already been done. That includes Srijit Mukherjee’s Begum Jaan.”
It is not clear why Bhansali has chosen Vibhu Puri to direct the digital version of Heera Mandi.Puri’s Hawaizaada was nothing but a copy of Bhansali’s style of filmmaking.
As for jumping into the OTT bandwagon , it is sad to see a filmmaker of Bhansali’s stature falling for the zeroes on the cheque.He had several offers from all the leading platforms. So far he had not given his nod to any of them. His domain is the large screen and he is currently focusing on his big-screen project Gangubai Kathiawadi with Alia Bhatt in the title role.