Fardeen Khan is currently gearing up for his return to acting with the intermittent release of Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.

The anticipated series is helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and it explores the lives of courtesans in 1940s Lahore.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar will see Fardeen essay the role of Wali Mohammed.

The actor was last seen in the film Dulha Mil Gaya (2010). He spoke about his overdue comeback in front of the camera.

He enthused: “Firstly, it’s been a very long gap for me. It’s been almost about 14 years, to say the least.



“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to work with this stellar star cast and a platform like Netflix and the man himself, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better opportunity as an actor to return to the screen.”

Fardeen heaped praise on Bhansali as he continued:

“For me, this was something I have never done and it was the perfect role for me.

“At the age I am in, to come back to the screen, you come with a certain amount of life experience, wisdom and you know you can you can really contribute to the layers that Sanjay writes into all his characters.

“His characters are very intricate, very complex. There’s nobody like him who writes characters.

“He goes across the spectrum and emotions, and he has this intuitive understanding of it.

“It’s daunting to work with him, but at the same time, when you see it all together, it just all makes sense.

“I’m getting emotional now. I am extremely grateful for this chance and so happy to be here.”

Fardeen began his career with Prem Aggan (1998).

Over the next 12 years, he appeared in acclaimed films including Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Shaadi No 1 (2005) and Heyy Babyy (2007).

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar also stars Manisha Koirala (Mallikajaan), Sonakshi Sinha (Fareedan), Aditi Rao Hydari (Bibbojaan), Richa Chadha (Lajjo), Sanjeeda Sheikh (Waheeda) and Sharmin Segal (Alamzeb).

With a popular actor like Fardeen Khan returning to the spotlight with such an exciting project, all eyes are on the show as it guarantees a viewing experience of epic proportion.

Fardeen Khan is also currently filming Visfot. 

Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali will soon begin work on his next film Love and War. 

Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, the film is scheduled to be released during Christmas 2025.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar is due to premiere on Netflix on May 1, 2024.

Watch the trailer