Jason Shah Says 'Heeramandi's Set Lacked Simple Niceties, Recalls SLB Greeting Him With Silent 'Hi'

Jason Shah made some shocking revelations about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Heeramandi'. He recalled feeling odd and confused on the set, which, as per him, lacked kindness.


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Jason Shah Says 'Heeramandi's Set Lacked Simple Niceties, Recalls SLB Greeting Him With Silent 'Hi'

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar has been making the headlines continuously for one reason or another. The star cast of Bhansali's debut web series has now and again revealed some unheard anecdotes from the sets, and we couldn't help but be in awe of the same. However, Sharmin Segal's performance unimpressed the viewers, and they started bringing up the nepotism debate. Amid this, Jason Shah shared some shocking revelations from the sets of Heeramandi.

Jason Shah stated the set of Heeramandi lacked kindness

In a recent interview with NDTV, Jason Shah talked about his working experience on the Netflix show, Heeramandi. For the unversed, Jason played the role of the British cop, 'Alastair Cartwright' in the show. Coming back to his revelations, the actor stated that he felt like the atmosphere on the set was fraught with 'stress.' Jason mentioned that the set lacked the basic and simple niceties of human nature. He added that he was not introduced to many of the co-actors and even to the director, which he felt to be very odd and confusing. Jason added:

"I found it to be lacking in the simple niceties of human nature. I felt like there were places where just 'Hi Jason, this is this person, the director you will be working with today'. I was not introduced to many people over there, which I found very odd. I found it a little confusing in some ways.”

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Going further in the interview, Jason Shah revealed that he thought that as he was playing the role of a villain in the show, the makers wanted him to be a bit disconnected from the other co-stars. He remarked that it made him feel a bit out of place, as being connected to another human being would possibly not affect anything that was displayed on screen. Jason mentioned:

"I started thinking, I am the villain, so maybe they want the villain to be angry and disconnected from everybody. But me being connected to a human being on set never really boils over to my character onscreen. I felt a little bit out of place in some places, but I guess you keep on going with the flow of things and pick it up from wherever."

Jason Shah said Sanjay Leela Bhansali said a 'very silent Hi' to him

In the concluding segment of the interview, Jason Shah revealed that once he was sitting at Sanjay Leela Bhansali's office, and that's when the director came in and greeted him with a 'very silent Hi.' He mentioned that he had the script in his hand, and SLB was looking at him through a cupboard. Jason revealed that he later felt that the director only came to check if the guy whom he selected for the role could pull it off. Jason can be quoted as saying:

"I was sitting inside one of the rooms in his office. I had the script in my hand, and that's when he came in and started nonchalantly looking through a cupboard. He then looked over and said a very silent, ‘Hi.' It wasn't an introduction of sorts. I realised later that he had come to see me to check if the guy that he chose would be able to carry it off.”

Jason Shah's honesty won netizens' hearts

Sharmin Segal received a lot of flak for her role as 'Alamzeb' in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. However, her co-stars supported the actress. Meanwhile, Jason Shah was asked about his take on the actress getting trolled for her role. 

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To this, the actor called Sharmin's acting to be 'one tone' throughout the series and added that she was asked to do the same. Jason further stated that SLB asked Sharmin to act from her heart rather than from her head. He also mentioned that he personally felt that the character of Sharmin had a lot of space and scope to do something different and innovative. As Jason's video went viral, netizens started praising the actor for his honest reply.

What do you think about Jason's revelations?

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