Sanjay Leela Bhansali On Sharmin Segal's Acting In 'Heeramandi, Recalls Her Saying 'I'll Underplay'

Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally broke his silence on Sharmin Segal's acting skills in 'Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar' and revealed what she had told him.


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Sanjay Leela Bhansali On Sharmin Segal's Acting In 'Heeramandi, Recalls Her Saying 'I'll Underplay'

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Heeramandi has been making headlines since it was launched on the OTT giant, Netflix. The star-cast of this series, including Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Taha Shah, and Richa Chadha, among others, left a lasting impression in the hearts of the cine lovers. Meanwhile, there has been a lot of gossip running around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's niece, Sharmin Segal's acting skills. For the unversed, Sharmin played the role of 'Alamzeb' in Heeramandi, and people tagged her acting mettle to be 'poor' and her expressions to be 'emotionless'. 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally talks about Sharmin Segal's acting in Heeramandi

As Sharmin Segal failed to impress the netizens with her acting skills, they targeted the director and questioned his decision to cast his niece. People also started bringing up the never-ending nepotism debate by being miffed with Sharmin's acting. Although, neither Shramin nor Sanjay Leela Bhansali opened up about the same, recently, the director talked about his niece's acting in his series. 

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In a recent interview with the Hindustan Times, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said that Sharmin kept saying that she would 'underplay'. Talking about his reaction to Sharmin's statement, Sanjay mentioned that he told her that he wouldn't even let her overplay. Sanjay Leela Bhansali said:

"She kept saying, ‘Mama, I’ll underplay.' I said, ‘Underplay? Are you thinking I’m going to ask you to overplay?”

Going forward in the interview, Sanjay Leela Bhansali mentioned that he found his niece's 'new energy' fascinating. Talking about the same, Sanjay added that he can easily see that the new generation of actors loves him, and they always ask him if he is happy as well, and they also are ready to do more than one shot to make their work perfect. Sanjay added that he can easily see love in their eyes. In SLB's words:

"I know that they (the new generation of actors) love me as much. I can see it in the way (they ask me), ‘Are you happy? Should we do one more take? Can we do it one more time? Are you okay? I can see that love in their eyes. Now that’s very rare."


Sanjay Leela Bhansali talks about Manisha Koirala

In the same interview, Sanjay Leela Bhansali talked about his working experience with Manisha Koirala. The director added how hard the actress had worked, how she used to put mehendi for seven hours and give two shots, and the same thing she used to do the next day. Talking about the cast, Sanjay Leela Bhansali added that each of the actresses had given him something to take home.

Sharmin Segal had a mute reaction to all the negative comments she had been getting

Soon after people started asking questions about Sharmin Segal's acting skills, the actress, on the other hand, turned mute and kept her comment section on IG off. Not only this, she also dropped a few BTS photos from Heeramandi's shoot, and yet again, she decided to avoid the hate silently by turning off the comment section.

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Sharmin Segal revealed if she had given an audition for Heeramandi

In an interview with Instant Bollywood, Sharmin Segal was asked if she ever got any leeway for being Sanjay Leela Bhansali's niece. Answering the same, the actress stated that her mama treated her just like other actresses. Meanwhile, Richa added that SLB was a bit harsh on Sharmin. On Kapil Sharma's Netflix show, Sharmin revealed that she had given 16 auditions for one year before being selected in Heeramandi.

What do you think about Sanjay's revelations?

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