When Sharmin Segal cried after Sanjay Leela Bhansali didn’t approve her shot post 30 takes | Bollywood

While actress Sharmin Segal has been tight-lipped about the backlash she’s facing for her portrayal of Alamzeb in her uncle Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s premier Netflix India series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, she previously opened up about a challenging day under Bhansali’s direction during her first movie, Malaal, in a Radio City India interview from 2019. (Related: The inside story of Bela Segal, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sister and Sharmin’s mother)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali with his niece Sharmin Segal during the filming of Heeramandi

The Day Sharmin Took 25 Takes

Sharmin delved into an anecdote from the promotion of Malaal, reminiscing about the rare occasion when Sanjay, the film’s producer, decided to oversee the shooting. This particular day involved a song shoot that made her anxious because her mentor was watching. “That day truly tested me. I’m used to performing up to 15 takes, but that shot demanded 25 from me. It replaced all the preparation I had done for the day in just an instant. Afterward, when I retreated to my vanity, Sanjay entered and mentioned with a smile, ‘This is quite entertaining. I think I’ll stick around for another shot,’” she recounted with a smile.

The Moment Sharmin’s Resilience Faltered

“Returning to the set, I faced a towering hurdle: 30 takes without approval. My patience wore thin, and although he never raised his voice at me or offered anything beyond the simple instruction, ‘You must do this,’ I just couldn’t. The pressure culminated in tears after the 30th take,” she revealed.

Four years on from Malaal, Bhansali took the director’s chair for Sharmin’s role in Heeramandi. Reflecting on directing her, Bhansali shared with us, “She insisted on being subtle, saying, ‘Uncle, I’ll be restrained in my performance.’ To which I replied, ‘Restrained? You believe I would instruct you to be overly dramatic?'”

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