Hira Mandi is a Bollywood drama, helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansal. Bhansali is busy on his next project, which is said to be based on the life of notorious female gangster Gangubai Kothewali. Bhansali has maintained a firm silence on the subject on who the leading lady of his film will be since the movie is still in the writing phase. Only a tentative title has been given and the film is being called ‘Hira Mandi’.
Gangubai Kothewali, also known as the Madam of Kamathipura, was said to be running several brothels in Mumbai years ago. Such was her popularity that even today her idols are found across Kamathipura and pay tribute to her propensity to protect the women who were forced into the sex trade.
It is said that, Priyanka Chopra has been signed by ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali to play the lady don for his next project called Hira Mandi. Priyanka’s mother refused the rumours then. “Sanjay Bhansali has a lot of love and regard for Priyanka Chopra, however, no such film has been discussed,” the director’s spokesperson had earlier said, refuting reports of her quitting the gangster drama.
There has been no official confirmation about the film as well as Priyanka Chopra signing it yet. There will be two parallel female leads in the film. And Bhansali couldn’t think of anyone other than Deepika and Priyanka to essay these roles. He has spoken to both of them and both the actresses have agreed in principle to be part of his film. For the moment, Bhansali is busy scripting the film. It has not been decided yet as to who will play the iconic character of Gangubai in the film.
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