-by Anisha Advani & Priyanka J. Vora

Last week marked a momentous occasion in the world of entertainment as Netflix unveiled its highly anticipated TV series, “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,” accompanied by a star-studded premiere that left audiences spellbound. Among the premiere attendees were Priyanka J. Vora, founder & director of  Rangeela Dance Company (RDC), as well as actor and RDC dancer, Nishant Ghan, who were eager to witness the intersection of art and storytelling on display in Los Angeles.



During the premiere, attendees participated in a Q&A session with the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, moderated by Lilly Singh. Bhansali shared insights  into his creative process and the themes that inspired Heeramandi. As he spoke of the importance of following one’s creative instincts and staying true to one’s vision, it struck a chord with the Rangeela team, whose own work is guided by a similar ethos. Ghan commented “the event was just as grand as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are. And when the collaboration is between him and Netflix, it was like Bollywood was given a grand welcome by Hollywood.”


For Rangeela Dance Company, the vision is clear: to create art that not only entertains but also inspires and moves audiences on a deep emotional level. Like the director of Heeramandi, who aimed to revive the vibrancy and intricacy of a historical era, Rangeela works to capture the essence of various cultures and traditions through the art of dance which can be seen in their Jhume Ri Gori Video, created by our RDC Director and inspired by Mr. Bhansali’s work in “Gangubai Kathiawadi.” Vora commented, “it was incredibly inspiring to hear Mr. Bhansali speak about his struggle with calling it quits during the grueling editing process for Heeramandi. This resonated with me so well as I, too, get deeply involved in every detail of my productions and it can be hard to take a step back and realize that the project is finally ready for the world to see. Mr. Bhansali has inspired me to always dream big with all my aspects of my creative work.”

At the premiere, Vora and Ghan also had the opportunity to meet Tesher, whose music they have covered extensively in their performances. They discussed how evergreen Tesher’s “Jalebi Baby” has been, as it continues to be the top choice request by wedding clients for Sangeet choreography. This  moment highlighted the power of music and art to bring people together.

Other notable appearance at the premiere was Sharmin Segal, Mr. Bhansali’s niece and one of the actresses in Heeramandi.

As Heeramandi continues to captivate audiences around the world, it serves as a reminder of the transformative power of storytelling and the universal language of emotion. For Rangeela Dance Company, it is a testament to the enduring legacy of artists who follow their creative instincts and share their vision with the world.