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Heeramandi Season 2: Now Dancing for Producers

Heeramandi, the OTT debut of veteran director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, premiered on May 1 and quickly became one of Netflix’s most-watched shows. The eight-episode series delves into the lives of tawaifs (courtesans) in Lahore during the Independence era. Despite initial mixed reviews, the show has captivated audiences nationwide, sparking discussions on historical accuracy, aesthetics, and nepotism. Recently, the show’s creators confirmed that a second season is in the works, promising a new twist.

The first season of Heeramandi focuses on the courtesans in Lahore’s Heeramandi area. It culminates with the tawaifs joining India’s freedom struggle movement as they face dwindling patronage from the nawabs.

In an interview, Bhansali revealed plans for the upcoming season, stating that the tawaifs will relocate from Lahore post-Partition to either Bombay or Kolkata to pursue careers in the film industry. He emphasized, “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.”

The star-studded cast of Heeramandi includes Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chadha, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Bhansali’s niece Sharmin Segal. However, Sharmin’s portrayal faced significant backlash from viewers, particularly for her perceived lack of expression. Following the announcement of the second season, many netizens expressed their disapproval of Sharmin’s character, Alamzeb, on social media platforms.

Trailer for Heeramandi: https://www.youtube.com/embed/gzQIt-gQNg0