Who is Bela Segal? Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sister and Sharmin’s mother | Bollywood

Amidst the buzz surrounding Sharmin Segal’s performance in Netflix India’s new series Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, let’s take a moment to spotlight her mother, Bela Segal, not just as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sister, but as a talented filmmaker and editor in her own right. (Also, catch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s views on Sharmin’s acting in Heeramandi: He details how she approached the role with a commitment to ‘underplaying’ it)

Bela Segal stands as a creative force, sister to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and proud mother to Sharmin Segal

Distinguished Editor

Entering the film industry alongside her brother, Bela Segal has made her mark as an editor in a number of Sanjay’s celebrated works. Her editorial expertise has been showcased in films ranging from Sanjay’s first film Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), to other masterpieces like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdas (2002), Black (2005), and Saawariya (2007).

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Step into Direction

2012 marked a new chapter for Bela as she ventured into directing with Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, a love-filled comedy that brought actors Boman Irani and Farah Khan together in a charming narrative focused on love beyond youth within Mumbai’s Parsi community.

Seamless Integration into Segal Clan

Bela’s own marriage has further tied her to the cinematic world. Joined with Deepak Segal, Chief of Content at Applause Entertainment which has a reputation for co-producing Black alongside Bhansali Productions. Applause has recently reinvigorated its film production wing, supporting films such as Zwigato, Do Aur Do Pyaar and the eagerly anticipated The Rapist. Their television arms have produced successful series like Mind the Malhotras, Criminal Justice, The Office (India’s version), Scam 1992, Taj: Divided by Blood, as well as their take on Gandhi’s story.

Mohan Segal, her father-in-law and a landmark filmmaker, will forever be remembered for launching the esteemed actor Rekha with his film Sawan Bhadon in 1970.

Life Through Instagram

Bela’s love for dogs is a frequent theme on her Instagram page, where she also posts heartwarming moments with Sanjay and their matriarch, Leela Bhansali, alongside an intimate portrayal of Sharmin’s journey from her earliest years, college festivities, silver screen launch, to her recent venture into digital series with Heeramandi.

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