Blunders In 'Heeramandi' We Bet You Missed: From Coronavirus News To Modern-Day Novels And More

Sanjay Leela Bhansali made a few factual blunders in his OTT debut, 'Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar', which we bet you missed.


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Blunders In 'Heeramandi' We Bet You Missed: From Coronavirus News To Modern-Day Novels And More

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus OTT debut web series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, has been ruling headlines for its larger-than-life portrayal of courtesans in brothels. The story revolved around the life of courtesans and their patrons, as well as the cultural reality of Heeramandi. Famous Bollywood actresses, Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Singha, Richa Chadha, Sanjeeda Shaikh and more were seen in pivotal roles in the series, and it has received a positive response from the viewers. However, recently, many factual blunders which were made in the series have surfaced on the web, and we bet many of you missed it, too.

Heeramandi, based in 1920-1940, featured a newspaper with Coronavirus headlines

For the uninitiated, Heeramandi is based in the pre-independence era and deals with the life of tawaifs during that phase. In one scene, Sonakshi Sinha's character, 'Fareedan', is seen reading an Urdu newspaper, which has two headlines about the Coronavirus pandemic and recent events like the Warangal Municipal Elections and a Youth Congress mask distribution scheme.

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The newspaper also featured the latest prints of methods instead of the ones used back in the 1920s. Besides this, in another scene, Aditi Rao Hydari wass seen in a library where we spotted the book, Pir-e-Kamil, which was released in 2004.

Heeramandi was, in reality, not as grand and lavish as Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrayed it to be 

The internet is buzzing with the original images of Heeramandi, and it in no way seems as grand and lavish as Sanjay Leela Bhansali portrayed it to be. The jewellery and dresses at that time were less extravagant than what SLB made his heroines wear.

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Vivek Agnihotri lashes out at Sanjay Leela Bhansali and how he glamourised the brothels and courtesans  

Vivek Agnihotri commended Pakistani doctor, Hamd Nawaz for his candid discussion about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi, shedding light on the fact that it was not a place of glamour. He pointed out Bollywood's tendency to romanticise courtesans and brothels, which are, in reality, monuments of human injustice, pain, and suffering. His words resonate:

"A brilliant critique by @_SophieSchol. I haven't seen the show, but I have visited Heeramandi in Lahore a few times. Bollywood has this tendency to romanticise courtesans and brothels. It's a sad commentary because brothels have never been places of opulence, glamour or beauty. These are monuments of human injustice, pain and suffering. Those unfamiliar with this should watch Shyam Benegal's Mandi."

Let us know if you notice some other blunders in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi.

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