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Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’s casting director opens up about casting Sharmin Segal in the web-series; says, “Casting is purely done based on the script and the director’s vision”

en Bollywood News Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’s casting director opens up about casting Sharmin Segal in the web-series; says, “Casting is purely done based on the script and the director’s vision”

After the release of the magnum opus, the show received rave reviews but Sharmin Segal experienced extreme criticism for her acting chops.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar featuring an ensemble female lead cast including Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Sharmin Segal in lead roles revolves around the lives of courtesans set in the pre-Independence era. While the show received love from audiences, many social media users also shared memes and reels criticising Sharmin’s acting, who played the youngest daughter Alamzeb of Mallikajaan aka Manisha Koirala. Addressing the same, the casting director of the show Shruti Mahajan insisted that the casting process was done after much consideration.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’s casting director opens up about casting Sharmin Segal in the web-series; says, “Casting is purely done based on the script and the director's vision”

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’s casting director opens up about casting Sharmin Segal in the web-series; says, “Casting is purely done based on the script and the director’s vision”

In a conversation with India Today, Shruti Mahajan opened up about the casting process saying,
“Casting is purely done based on the script and the director's vision. We only want actors who can enhance the project. And ultimately, it all boils down to what the audience expects from that project.” She further explained her decision adding, “I have not learnt to cast from a school but honed my skills over a period of time. I am a self-proclaimed movie buff. I always cast as an audience, someone who you would like to watch in that part. Sometimes it's a larger-than-life film, at times you want gritty performances. I think when a project is well received, that's the end of such discussions. Also, one needs to understand it's a movie business. The more one project works, the more we can produce."

Touching upon the topic about Sharmin Segal being extensively trolled for her acting where many even referred to it as ‘expressionless’, Shruti shared, “You cannot take things like this personally. You can't please everyone. Also, given the field that we are in, there are all kinds of feedback. One has to take it all with a pinch of salt and move on.” Standing by her decision to have cast Sharmin as Alamzeb, Mahajan added, “You have to keep working on your craft and continue to give your 100 per cent. It's a packaged deal, and one has to move on. We know what we have done, and the hard work we've put in, and one has to respect that. As for criticism, I think one learns to take it in their stride, just as we take in love."

While Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjeeda Sheikh, and others are basking in the rave reviews, Sharmin received a lot of flak for her acting chops, especially in emotional sequences where audiences criticised her for maintaining the ‘same expressions’ throughout the show, further accusing Sanjay Leela Bhansali of nepotism since Sharmin is his niece.

Also Read: Sanjay Leela Bhansali DEFENDS Sharmin Segal’s casting in Heeramandi: “She was the correct choice for Alamzeb”

More Pages: Heeramandi Box Office Collection , Heeramandi Movie Review


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