Lahore Heeramandi: How It Appears Now, After Its Portrayal in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Netflix Series

Lahore Heeramandi: How It Appears Now, After Its Portrayal in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Netflix Series

Bhansali’s Artistic Vision: Crafting Heeramandi as a Timeless Tribute to Lahore’s Cultural Legacy

Sanjay Leela Bhansali meticulously crafted the grand set of Heeramandi over 18 years, envisioning it as a miniature township. This elaborate setting was his artistic interpretation of what Heera Mandi, famed for its arts and culture in Lahore, could have resembled. Historically nestled within Lahore’s Walled City, Heeramandi provided the scenic backdrop for Bhansali’s lavish tribute to classical dance, poetry, and art.

Lahore Heeramandi: How It Appears NowSanjay Leela Bhansali's Netflix Series
Heeramandi Show Image (credit: Netflix)

Lahore Heeramandi: How It Appears Now

Minahil Ali Wattoo, a content creator, recently posted a video on Instagram showcasing Androon Lahore, which was once a segment of Heeramandi. In her video, she illustrates the present-day appearance of this area, highlighting its historical architectural beauty and cultural importance.


After the demolition of Heeramandi, its legacy endures in the form of a lively tourist spot filled with shops and eateries. This change came about following the outlawing of prostitution in Pakistan through the Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance, VII of 1979.

Androon Lahore Reborn: A Fusion of History and Modernity Under WCLA’s Guidance

In 2012, the street underwent redevelopment and was reopened to the public as a tourist attraction, featuring Lahori cuisine and picturesque views of the Badshahi Mosque. The Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) took charge of the area, partnering with the private sector to rejuvenate it. The architectural roots of this street trace back to both the Mughal Empire and British Rule, showcasing the varied historical influences that have shaped Lahore over the centuries.

Heeramandi’s Legacy Lives On: Androon Lahore Thrives as a Cultural Hub Amidst Modernity

In the Mughal era, Heeramandi epitomized Lahore’s spirit. Presently, the area remains vibrant during the day, resembling a typical Pakistani bazaar, celebrated for its delicious food, diverse range of Khussa (traditional Mughal footwear), and specialty stores offering musical instruments and dance-related merchandise. This blend of historical significance, cultural richness, and commercial activity persists in Androon Lahore, honoring its legacy while adapting to its modern role as a bustling urban center.

If you haven’t seen the Heeramandi show yet, now’s the time to witness the magnificence of Heeramandi as depicted by Bhansali.

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