Meet the Nawabs of Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar

Fardeen Khan, making a comeback after 14 years, plays one of the four nawabs in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. Photo: Publicis-Consultants Asia

As anticipation mounts awaiting the OTT debut of Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, Netflix has given an enticing glimpse into the world of the show. With the streaming date set for May 1, the platform has unveiled character posters of the Nawabs of Heeramandi—distinguished gentlemen who exude regal sophistication, offering a preview of the charming personalities that will grace the screen. Portraying these characters are Fardeen Khan, Taha Shah Badussha, Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman.

Each actor brings a unique flair to their character: Taha Shah Badussha steps into the role of Tajdar Baloch, a man whose charisma knows no bounds, effortlessly charming all who cross his path with his magnetic personality. Fardeen Khan embodies the essence of nobility as Wali Mohammed, a figure of dignity and integrity whose presence commands admiration. Shekhar Suman is Zulfiqar Ahmed, a man of authority, whose mere presence exudes power and sophistication. Finally, Adhyayan Suman portrays Zorawar Ali Khan, an arrogant nawab of considerable wealth, whose pursuits are driven solely by his self-interest.

The actors shared reflections on their respective roles in the show. Taha Shah Badussha expressed, “Tajdar is a remarkable character, embodying nobility, kindness and unwavering determination. Portraying him has been a dream come true. I am immensely thankful to Sanjay Leela Bhansali-sir for entrusting me with this incredible opportunity in Heeramandi. Working alongside such a talented cast has been a great learning experience and honor. I believe audiences will deeply resonate with Tajdar’s narrative of love and patriotism.”

Fardeen Khan, who is making his comeback after being last seen in Dulha Mil Gaya (2010), said, “Wali Mohammed embodies the essence of a nawab, always standing by the women of Heeramandi. Marking my Netflix debut with such a character feels like the perfect comeback to the screen.”

Shekhar Suman describes Zulfiqar as “A towering figure of power and authority, he commands attention effortlessly. I’m eager for the audiences to witness the tale of Heeramandi that’s close to all our hearts. It was an exhilarating and enriching experience working with a maestro and an auteur like Mr. Bhansali.”

Shekhar’s real-life son, Adhyayan Suman, expressed, “Zorawar carries himself with a certain air of self-assurance, the kind that’s expected of a nawab. It was an honor beyond words to play this character designed by Mr. Bhansali. His validation was like a badge of honor for me.”

As the premiere date of 1 May draws near, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar promises to captivate viewers with its rich tapestry of characters and narrative.



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