Sharmin Segal’s ‘Heeramandi’ co-star agrees with critique of her expressionless performance

Co-star Jason Shah from the eagerly awaited series ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ voices his agreement with online detractors regarding Sharmin Segal’s underwhelming acting prowess.

Jason Shah, recognized for his portrayal of Alastair Cartwright in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s anticipated series, candidly discussed his experience working with Sharmin Segal, known as Alamzeb on-screen, concurring with critiques of her monotonous acting delivery.

He observed, “There was room for more intense emotional variations at certain junctures. I recall Sanjay sir directing us on the set, urging Sharmin and Taha Shah to act with heart rather than just intellect,”

“However, perhaps this restraint was intentional for her character. Ultimately, the decision rests with the director,” added Shah.

When queried about the expectations for her role, the actor from ‘Fitoor’ suggested, “If the direction wasn’t to maintain a singular tone, then I believe the role had ample opportunity for breadth, which, in my opinion, wasn’t fully realized. But then again, I’m not the director.”

It’s noteworthy that Segal has faced criticism for her significant part in ‘Heeramandi’, with viewers questioning Bhansali’s decision to cast her, citing her family ties to him as a possible reason.

Several of Segal’s colleagues, such as Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, and Shekhar Suman, have come to her defense amid harsh backlash on social media platforms.

To provide some background, Segal, the niece of the esteemed filmmaker, has previously assisted him on box office hits like ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, and ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ before her acting debut in his production of ‘Malaal’.

The eight-part Netflix original by Bhansali, ‘Heeramandi’, stars an array of talented actresses including Sonakshi Sinha, Sharmin Segal, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Manisha Koirala, and Sanjeeda Sheikh, portraying the complex lives of courtesans within Lahore’s historical red-light district.

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