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Know Why Sanjay Leela Bhansali Scrapped Roles Offered To Shabana Azmi and Mumtaz

Edited By: Yatamanyu Narain

Last Updated: February 17, 2023, 11:48 IST

Sanjay Leela scrapped the actresses part since he didn’t want any other actor to play those parts.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced Heeramandi last year. It was reported that Shabana Azmi and Mumtaz were offered roles in the series but the SLB has now scraped the roles.

It was last year that Netflix announced Heeramandi, but those who religiously follow Bollywood would know that it has been in the making for a long time. Touted as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project, the series will take the storytelling notches higher. It will also have some of the best talents in the country. However, it is being reported that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has scrapped the roles he has previously offered to Mumtaz and Shabana Azmi.

According to Bollywood Hungama, the Gangubai Kathiawadi filmmaker scrapped the roles since he wanted only the two iconic actresses to play them. The source explained, “They were important but brief roles, and they were written with the two iconic actresses Shabana Azmi and Mumtaz in mind. When Shabanaji and Mumtazji couldn’t do Heeramandi, Sanjay Bhansali decided to scrap the two roles rather than offer the parts to anyone else.”

Sharing more details about Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Huma Qureshi, and Manisha Koirala starrer series, the source added, “The series is being shot on huge sets representing a sprawling kotha. The shooting is taking longer than expected. Sequences that were meant to be shot in one day are taking as much as three days. Netflix knows about the Bhansali magic. They are fully committed to the project,”

As for the series storyline, Heeramandi revolves around the lives of courtesans in the pre-independence period. The eight-episode series will also feature a host of prominent actresses from Bollywood. Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last film Gangubai Kathiawadi was a biographical crime drama film starring Alia Bhatt. The film not only achieved critical acclaim but was also the fifth highest-grossing film of 2022. Besides Alia Bhatt, the film also featured Ajay Devgn, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, Seema Pahwa, Varun Kapoor, and Jim Sarbh in pivotal roles.

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