Madhur Bhandarkar’s National Award-winning Tabu-starrer ‘Chandni Bar’ is all set to have a sequel and is expected to roll by the year-end. Yes, you read that right. The filmmaker, 17 years after, will be directing the part two of the hit 2001 crime drama, while it will be bankrolled by Shailesh R Singh. Confirming the news, Shailesh, In a statement to Mumbai Mirror, said, “I am really excited to produce Chandni Bar 2 with Madhur as the director once again. I have already acquired the rights to the film and can’t wait to take it on the floors.” Also Read - Madhur Bhandarkar, Who is Deeply Upset, Reacts to Karan Johar’s Apology: This is Not I Believe Real Relationships Work

Speaking of Chandni Bar 2, a source close to the development informed the daily, “Madhur has put in a lot of research on the aftermath of the 2005 ban on dance bars and has set the film around the same time and subject. He has a lot of material ready and work on the script has already begun.” The source further added, “The casting process will begin once Madhur has locked the final draft, while the film is expected to roll by the year-end.” ALSO READ: Tabu birthday special: Haider, Chandni Bar, The Namesake – Top 10 offbeat roles of the versatile actress that we love! Also Read - Karan Johar Writes Open Letter to 'Friend' Madhur Bhandarkar Over Netflix Show 'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives', Says 'Our Title Was Distinct'

The 2001 crime drama, which starred Tabu and Atul Kulkarni in the lead roles, depicted the gritty life of the Mumbai underworld, including prostitution, dance bars and gun crime. The film also stars Ananya Khare, Rajpal Yadav, Minakshi Sahani and Vishal Thakkar and the film was a critically acclaimed hit, which won four National Film Awards. Are you excited about the sequel, let us know in the comment section below. Watch this space for further updates. Also Read - Karan Johar vs Madhur Bhandarkar: IMPPA Asks Dharma 'How Are You Using The Title The Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives'