Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most prominent filmmakers from India. He is also known for someone who comes up with larger-than-life period dramas; narrating them with a lot of grandeur and style. But along with praises, box office success and awards, his period films have also attracted controversies. He faced this the most during the making of his 2018 drama Padmaavat, which starred Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, “You need to be careful while making a historical in India”
Bhansali touched about this aspect briefly yesterday during an interaction with Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos at the first look launch of his upcoming web series Heeramandi in Mumbai. The filmmaker spoke on the need to be careful while making historicals in India and why he views and portrays historical events differently.
The filmmaker said, “When you’re making a historical in our country, you need to be careful. So yes, you need to get your facts right. And that is where my research ends because most of it is imagination. Most of it is how I see the period. It’s done but it’s not done so detailed because I find research very boring. I, as a filmmaker, am not set out to make a documentary that I want it to be exact.”
For those not in the know, Padmaavat had irked the Shri Rajput Karni Sena as the members of the fringe outfit felt that the movie allegedly distorted history and showed characters from the Rajput community in a bad light. Later on, the film got a smooth release and it became a hit at the box office.
Coming back to Heeramandi, the Netflix the show is about a group of courtesans during the 1940s era and it stars Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Sharmin Segal and Sanjeeda Sheikh.
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