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News Highlights

  • The gajagamini walk of Aditi Rao Hydari in Heeramandi has caught the attention of many social media users.
  • A few have said that it has been ripped off from Madhubala's classic song in Mughal-E-Azam.

Ever since Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi started streaming on Netflix, a lot has been discussed about it on social media and the print. Undoubtedly, like his earlier projects this OTT debut series from SLB is full of majestic sets depicting opulence, luxury, and designer dresses. A few scenes are quite magical and one such scene that has been discussed constantly on digital platforms is the Gajagamini walk of Aditi Rao Hydari.

The walk is quite seductive, and graceful and is a perfect representation of how courtesans during the Mughal era used to enchant the emperors and Nawabs. One such similar scene can be seen in the old classic Mughal-E-Azam directed by K. Asif. The old classic is still fresh in the minds of Bollywood buffs as it had the stellar star cast of Dilip Kumar and Madhubala as Shehzada Salim and Anarkali while famous veteran actors of those times-Prithviraj Kapoor and Durga Khote played the roles of Emperor Akbar and Jodhabai respectively.

In particular, dance dedicated to Lord Krishna, Madhubala as Anarkali can be seen dancing to “Mohe Panghat pe nandalal ched gayo re.” The way she dances looking back and then turning her head during the song is almost similar to what Aditi Rao Hydari has danced in her song, “Saiyaan Hatton Jaao.”

Netizens have identified this similarity and believe that many other scenes especially the one when Aditi who plays Bibbojaan is chained. In the old classic, Madhubala was also chained and then sentenced to death. Even Madhuri Dixit's dance in the movie Gajagamini seems to be inspired from Madhubala's moves.

Social media users believe that Sanjay Leela Bhansali ripped off (copied) many scenes from Mughal-E-Azam since the old classic was all about love between Prince Salim and the courtesan Anarkali. Even though it does seem that SLB has taken inspiration for a few scenes from the K. Asif movie the entire series has been fabulous. It was a tough task to execute such a huge story with such complex characters and required an experienced and intelligent director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali to pull it off.