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For charming Sharmin - filhaal it’s only 'Malaal'!

Friday, July 05, 2019
By Chaitanya Padukone

‘Showman’ film-maker and star-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali will release his next realistic celluloid opus ‘Malaal’ today.

Incidentally, ‘Malaal’ (Urdu) which means a sense of deep regret laced with anguish, is adapted from the Southside Tamilmega-hit ‘7G Rainbow Colony’. Director Mangesh Hadawale has brilliantly segued the local Maharashtrian milieu and local ethnic folksy-flavour in the scenes and songs in ‘Malaal’.

Out here, debut-making hero Meezaan (Javed) Jaffrey plays a tough-stud Marathi character Shiva More living in a chawl who is enamoured by charming debutante Sharmin Segal’s character ‘Aastha’ belonging to a different caste. Interestingly, Sharmin (who is Bhansali’s niece), as a school-kid, originally aspired to be a doctor, but destiny decided otherwise.

Recalls Sharmin, “While acting in stage plays and playing different characters I gradually realized that I was cut out for the film-craft and later began assisting Sanjay-Sir during the shoot of ‘Bajirao Mastani’. In order to hone my performing skills I went to the U.S. and joined an acting school,” smiles Segal who had to go through the mandatory process of ‘auditioning’.

“Contrary to impressions, of those who presume that nepotism worked in my favor, Sanjay-sir had strictly instructed director Mangesh-Sir that he need ‘not’ cast me, if he felt I didn’t suit the character of ‘Aastha’. To add authenticity, both Meezaan and I actually stayed in a ‘chawl’ interacted with the residents there for so many days. We even trained in acting prep-workshops to get into the skin of the down-to-earth characters and learn the chawl-lingo,” insists Segal whose on-screen chemistry with Meezaan is being highly appreciated.

“That’s also because I knew him for the past seven years and I was already in a comfort zone,” she shrugs. Rather than grab random movie assignments, the confident Sharmin believes in pragmatic patience and wishes to hold-on.

“Once ‘Malaal’ releases and people connect with my acting caliber, I am sure there will be amazing lead role offers. I am not in a crazy hurry,” she signs off.

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