Actor Manisha Koirala posted a photo on social media where she posed with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansalic and veteran actor Mumtaz. The photo, which Manisha posted on Instagram on Sunday, left fans speculating whether Mumtaz would also appear in Bhansali’s upcoming web series Heeramandi, starring Manisha. Also read: Sanjay Leela Bhansali partners with Netflix for series Heeramandi, about ‘courtesans of Lahore’

On Instagram, Manisha shared a photo of Bhansali, flanked by herself and Mumtaz† The filmmaker had his arms around the two actors. In the caption of the post, Manisha wrote, “In the company of legends. I love love, love being with such amazing creative people. My face says it all.” She added the hashtags #blessed #genius #sanjayleelabhansali and #mumtaz to her caption.

The photo saw some comments of appreciation from fans and celebrities. Actors Deepti Naval and Aditi Rao Hydari said ‘wow’ and sent some love. Many fans asked if Mumtaz was also in Heeramandi. The web series, developed by Bhansali for Netflix, stars Manisha, along with Aditi and Sonakshi Sinha. It is based on the lives of three courtesans from Heera Mandi, Lahore’s famous red light district. One fan commented: “Is she doing #HeeraMandi??” Others were almost certain that Mumtaz is on the show. One wrote: “Oh my god, two beautiful amazing talented actresses love to see them together in #heeramandi.”

Manisha Koirala's Instagram post where she was with Mumtaz and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Manisha Koirala’s Instagram post where she was with Mumtaz and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Some fans tagged Manisha and asked her why she wasn’t at the recently held 25th anniversary celebration of her movie Gupt: The Hidden Truth. The Rajiv Rai film celebrated its silver anniversary on Saturday with a special screening in Mumbai attended by the other two actors, Bobby Deol and Kajol. However, Manisha was not present at the event. “Hi! We missed you at the 25 Years of Gupt screening,” wrote one fan. Another added: “25 Years of Gupt wasn’t complete without you!”

Heeramandi is Manisha Koiralasecond collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She had starred in his 1996 film Khamoshi, which also starred Salman Khan, Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas. The film was Bhansali’s directorial debut.


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