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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Netflix series Heeramandi has sparked significant controversy. Although it has attracted a large audience, many reviews criticize the show for glorifying prostitutes and being disrespectful to women.

When asked about the authenticity of his epic show, Bhansali explained, “To me, Heeramandi was the most romantic place. I come from that world.”

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He added, “I see prostitutes as enigmatic and powerful women. They sing, dance, and express their emotions through art. They understand living, architecture, fabric, and jewelry. They are true connoisseurs of art. Middle-class women standing in ration lines don’t fascinate me.”

Bhansali’s comments about finding prostitutes more fascinating than middle-class women have caused a stir on social media. Many are upset, feeling he disrespects hardworking women who support their families through legal means.

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Some critics argue that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is more dangerous than Sandeep Reddy Vanga because Bhansali’s films spread controversial messages in a subtle and sophisticated manner.

While Vanga’s films, like Kabir Singh and Animal, are openly criticized for their blatant portrayal of toxic masculinity and abusive relationships, Bhansali’s work is seen as more insidious.

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His movies, often wrapped in the guise of art and grandeur, are accused of romanticizing and glorifying problematic themes such as slavery, subjugation, and the objectification of women.

Critics point out that woke feminists, who are quick to condemn Vanga’s overtly problematic narratives, often remain silent on Bhansali’s more nuanced but equally troubling portrayals.

They argue that because Bhansali’s films are visually stunning and seem artistic, people are less likely to question the harmful ideas they might promote. This double standard means Bhansali’s movies can get away with spreading controversial themes without facing the same level of criticism.

There are also humorous memes comparing Bhansali’s work to cinematic universes like Marvel’s MCU and Lokesh Kanagaraj’s LCU, dubbing his films the PCU, “Prostitute Cinematic Universe.”

Understanding Bhansali’s troubled childhood and his fascination with his past environment can provide context for his films. If his style doesn’t appeal to you, don’t watch it, but there is an audience that loves his unique approach to cinema.