Sanay Leela Bhansali

India’s biggest and costliest web series, Heeramandi, has been declared as Netflix’s biggest disaster in recent times. It is being slammed as Bhansali’s worst work ever.

Bhansali might have faced a few flops in his career like Guzaarish, Saawariya, and Khamoshi, but he was never bashed for those films because as a filmmaker he tried something different. But Heeramandi is nothing less than a torture in the name of art.

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After the release of the series, a budding actor like Sharmin Segal had to face hate comments for giving a stagnant performance throughout the show. She had to turn off comments on her social media handles.

It seems Netflix may have hoped Heeramandi would be India’s version of Bridgerton, complete with the familiar tropes of poverty and oppression that resonate in the West. Instead, it’s just a hollow spectacle, a lavish facade concealing a lackluster narrative.

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Heeramandi feels more like an overblown Pakistani soap opera than a groundbreaking series for the Indian audience.

Bhansali joined the list of big directors who have lost touch with the audience in the post-COVID era. He was called a genius and a perfectionist who could handle melodrama and opulence like no director in India could. But with Heeramandi, his reputation and credibility as a filmmaker has been badly damaged.

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He is directing Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Vicky Kaushal in his next mega-budget film Love & War based on Raj Kapoor’s classic Sangam. Before Heeramandi there were high hopes from that film, but now fans, especially Ranbir’s, want this film to get shelved.

Ranbir finally is on the verge of becoming a superstar after Animal. But with Love and War there is a chance that he might lose the momentum given by Animal and will be pushed back to a time when he was delivering disasters like Jagga Jasoos and Shamshera.