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Sanjay Leela Bhansali says courtesans fascinate him

By News Desk

May 20, 2024 04:19 PM


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Famous Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has opened up about the recurring presence of the figure of ‘tawaifs’ in his works.

Sanjay keeps coming back to the figure of the courtesans, sex workers, in his films.

From Rani Mukerji in Saawariya to Madhuri Dixit in Devdas, Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi, and now in Heeramandi, the presence has almost always been there.

In a new interview with Galatta Plus, the director opened up about his fascination with this specific figure in his works so far.

During the conversation, Sanjay said:

“I feel they are women who have a lot of enigma, a lot of mystery. The courtesan, or the tawaif, or the prostitute… they are different. But they always exude a certain kind of power, which I find very interesting to look at… I found that very fascinating, that these women are very interesting. Where they sing, they dance. Where they express themselves; their joy and their grief in music and dance. They understand the art of living, the importance of architecture, the use of fabric, and the kind of jewelery they wear. They are connoisseurs of art.”

He further continued:

"Hum log kya hein? Hum log artist log hain. Usko ap samajhgir bolo, bhand bolo… jo chahe bolo. Mere ko to woh chahiye. I have to create something that is very enigmatic. As a child, all those people that would pass by… mein school mein jaata hu toh ye chehre mujhe fascinate karte he. Waha pe jo ration ki line mein jo chaar middle-class housewives khade hain woh mujhe fascinate nahi karti (Who are we? We are artists. Whatever you might call them, I still need them. When I used to go to school, I was fascinated by those faces. Those four middle-class women in the ration line do not interest me)."

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Bhansali also spoke about his influence from Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam, and Nargis Dutt in Adaalat. He also said that he was influenced by the films of V Shantaram, and particularly Meghe Dhaka Tara by Ritwik Ghatak.

Nowadays Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Netflix series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaara is making headline all over the social media.

It  was released on Netflix on May 1. The series features Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, and others in pivotal roles.

The series explores the cultural reality of Heeramandi, a dazzling district, through the stories of courtesans and their patrons set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Indian freedom struggle of the 1940s.

Here's why Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Films Revolve Around Courtesans -  www.lokmattimes.comSLB 'obsessed' with tawaifs, not ordinary middle-class women

 

 


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