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During “Devdas,” Sanjay Leela Bhansali remembers sleeping on a basic mattress

Almost three weeks ago, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first streaming series, “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,” debuted on Netflix as a historical drama. Some praise its excellent production values, while others take issue with how movie depicts non-consensual sex, glamorizes women’s struggles, and romanticizes their pain. Opinions about the series’ virtues and ethical implications are still hotly contested.

A recent interview with Galatta Plus had Sanjay Leela Bhansali discussing his thoughts on living a humble life.Speaking back at his time spent making the 2002 film “Devdas,” which starred Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit, he said that he spent the whole production living in a tiny living room and sleeping on a makeshift mattress. In spite of this, he told Rekha that she could be let down when she said she wanted to see him after seeing the movie. Still, she went to meet him, and when she saw his modest home, Bhansali told her that he lived and worked there.

Bhansali went on to emphasize the difficulties he encounters on a daily basis, explaining how even apparently simple chores present serious issues for him. He said that he has perpetual obstacles in his life, which makes even basic tasks like turning on the TV difficult. He makes an attempt to overcome these obstacles, but he often runs into problems like lights that flicker off when he turns them on or computer problems.

The Indian independence struggle of the 1920s–40s serves as the inspiration for “Heeramandi.” The pre-partition Heera Mandi red-light area in Lahore served as the inspiration for the title. The story is centered on the struggle for dominance between the British officers and the courtesans of Heera Mandi, Nawabs. Many people considered the series’ depiction of the pre-independence era to be factually incorrect, which led to criticism.

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