Sanjay Leela Bhansali Announces ‘Heeramandi’ Season 2: “Women Journey from Lahore to the Film Industry”

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Confirms 'Heeramandi 2': "The Women Now Come From Lahore To The Film World"

In the Instagram clip, a group of women performed to popular Heeramandi tracks such as Sakal Ban, Chaudhavi Shab, Saiyaan Hatto Jaao, and Tilasmi Bahein. The video, recorded by a sea of fans, transitioned to a drone shot revealing the women spelling out “S 2.” A voiceover in the video stated, “15 August 1947 ko aazaadi ki jung khatam ho gayi. In tawaifon ki ek aur jung shuru hui. Ek nayi duniya me sar utha ke jeeney ki jung. [On August 15, 1947, the fight for independence ended. For these courtesans, another battle began—the struggle to live with dignity in a new world.]” The video concluded with the text: “Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar will return for season 2.”

In an interview with Variety, Bhansali explained the vision for Season 2. “It takes a lot to make a series. This one has taken a lot. After ‘Gangubai’ [Gangubai Kathiawadi] released in February 2022, from that to now every single day I have worked without a break. So the responsibility is huge on the series. In ‘Heeramandi 2,’ the women now come from Lahore to the film world. They leave Lahore after the partition and most of them settle in the Mumbai film industry or Kolkata film industry. So that journey in the bazaar remains the same. They still have to dance and sing, but this time for the producers and not for the nawabs.”

Monika Shergill, VP content of Netflix India, also shared her excitement about the continuation of the series. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has intricately woven magic to bring ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ to life. Watching audiences everywhere fall in love with this series — making it truly their own as a cultural phenomenon — has been hugely energizing and it thrills me to share that we will be back with Season 2.”

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar debuted on Netflix on May 1, marking Bhansali’s first foray into the OTT space. The series, set in the pre-independent Indian era, depicted courtesans aiding freedom fighters in their struggle against British rule. The show featured a stellar cast including Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Richa Chadha, and Sharmin Segal in key roles. Additionally, Taha Shah Badussha, Shekhar Suman, Adhyayan Suman, Fardeen Khan, and Farida Jalal were also part of the ensemble. Film critic Saibal Chatterjee awarded the show 3 out of 5 stars, praising its intricate storytelling and visual grandeur.

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