Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is currently working on a project of his titled ‘Hiramandi’, which is in its pre-production stage. Many names have surfaced in the news regarding the female lead in the series. These names also include Sonakshi Sinha, Nimrat Kaur, and Manisha Koirala. Now another name has appeared in this list, which is making a lot of headlines and that name is that of veteran actress Juhi Chawla.
Juhi Chawla will be seen in ‘Hiramandi’
According to a report, Juhi Chawla has joined hands with ‘Padmavat’ director Sanjay for the series ‘Hiramandi’. The actress will be seen in the lead role in this series. A source close to the project reveals that ‘Hiramandi’ will have a total of 18 female actors including Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Nimrat Kaur, Sanjeeda Sheikh, and Diana Penty. At the same time, Juhi will be seen in an important cameo role in this eight-episode web show. A few days back, the actress had said yes to this role in a meeting with Bhansali. Let me tell you, Juhi is all set for this series and is going to start her shoot schedule soon.
The story of the series will travel from Lahore to Mumbai
According to sources, this series is from the pre-partition era of the 19th century. Sanjay Bhansali himself has made some changes in the story of the series. Hiramandi was originally in Lahore and was called Shahi Mohalla. But after some time prostitutes started taking over here and started practicing Mujra (a dance form performed by women in front of kings during the Mughal rule in India). After the change in the script of the series, Bhansali has thought of showing ‘Hirmandi’ as a holy place to learn music and dance. The web show will be based on the struggle between two gharanas of Geet-Sangeet (Classical Music) and the story of the series will travel from Lahore to Mumbai.
Bhansali will direct the opening and ending episodes of the series
Some time back the news also came that Sanjay will be the only showrunner. But now sources say that he will also direct some episodes of the show. Bhansali will direct the opening and ending episodes of the series and Vibhu Puri and Mitakshara Kumar will direct the rest of the episodes.