Mirzapur, the hit Hindi action crime-thriller web series, has been renewed for a third season, Amazon Prime Video India and Excel Media and Entertainment announced on Thursday.
The announcement comes weeks after the resounding success of the second season of the series. Mirzapur Season 2, which released on October 23, created history after it became the most-watched web series on Amazon Prime Video within seven days of the its release. Watched in over 180 countries within a week, according to the streaming platform, 50% of the viewers who had watched the first season, binge-watched the second season within 48 hours of its release.
“Across two gripping seasons, Mirzapur has become a global sensation and we couldn’t be happier associating with Amazon Prime Video to make this happen! The show’s massive fandom and the viewers’ magnitude of love towards the new season were seen through reactions on social media within days of its release, and we are truly humbled by the response,” producer, Excel Entertainment, Ritesh Sidhwani said in a statement.
Created by Puneet Krishna and Karan Anshuman, the show is directed by Gurmmeet Singh, Mihir Desai, and Anshuman.
The first season starred Pankaj Tripathi, Rasika Dugal, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Sheeba Chaddha, Harshita Gaur, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rajesh Tailang, Shaji Chaudhary, among others. The cast reprised their roles for the second season along with new entries, including Anjum Sharma, Isha Talwar, Meghna Malik, Vijay Verma, Lilliput, and Priyanshu Painyuli.
Based in Purvanchal (eastern region of Uttar Pradesh), Mirzapur explores political drama, violence, revenge, and bloodbath.
The content of OTT platforms remained unregulated until Monday when the Centre issued a notice declaring that digital news and content providers- including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar- will now be regulated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry under Union minister Prakash Javadekar.
It is yet to be known if the new directive will affect the politically-heavy crime drama series.