Bhansali Believes Sharmin Segal Embodies Alamzeb In ‘Heeramandi’: Casting Insight Revealed

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Choice: Sharmin Segal as Alamzeb in ‘Heeramandi’

In a recent interview, Sanjay Leela Bhansali addressed the casting of Sharmin Segal in his debut web series, ‘Heeramandi’. He clarified that his decision was not solely based on her familial connection to him.

Bhansali revealed that Segal underwent multiple rigorous casting rounds and emerged as the ideal choice for the role of Alamzeb. He explained that her facial features perfectly captured the essence of the character – an innocent woman trapped in the world of a courtesan.

Sharmin Segal’s Journey to ‘Heeramandi’

Despite her family ties, Segal did not receive preferential treatment during the casting process. According to Bhansali, she had to demonstrate her acting abilities through numerous auditions and screen tests.

The filmmaker emphasized the importance of finding an actress who possessed a natural innocence and freshness. He believed that Segal’s countenance exuded these qualities, distinguishing her from the other candidates.

Bhansali’s Insightful Analysis

Bhansali delved into the character of Alamzeb, highlighting her resistance to the courtesan lifestyle. He noted her unique demeanor, which set her apart from the other characters who had endured years of manipulation and deceit.

“She has a face that is exactly what Alamzeb should be, someone who doesn’t want to be a tawaif, she doesn’t talk like a tawaif, and she doesn’t walk like a tawaif,” Bhansali explained.

‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ Premieres on Netflix

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ is now available for streaming on Netflix. The series follows the lives of courtesans in a pre-partition brothel in Lahore.

Sharmin Segal stars alongside an ensemble cast that includes Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, and Aditi Rao Hydari. The series has garnered praise for its opulent visuals, compelling storytelling, and nuanced performances.