Malaal actor Sharmin Segal: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is more than a maternal uncle

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On sets, and behind the screens, what kind of bond do you share with Sanjay Leela Bhansali? I have to make him proud too. I thought to myself ‘What kind of a man he is?’ He is so brilliant. As a four-year-old, I would go on Sanjay sir’s set and say ‘I want to sit on Aishwarya Rai’s lap today.’ After assisting him on Bajirao Mastani, I understood what a great man he is, what his contribution is to Hindi cinema. Advertising

Malaal marks the debut of Sharmin Segal and Meezaan Jaaferi. I think more than anything else I have the pressure to keep up the tag of being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s niece. It is the best of both worlds. I call him Sanjay sir only because I think he deserves that respect. My only difficulty is to prove myself. Malaal is a combination of Sanjay sir’s grandness and Mangesh sir’s simplicity. As an assistant, you understand the teamwork that goes behind making an actor look the way they look. Popular Photos

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Of course, there’s pressure. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has inspired millions out there. But when I took theatre and performed on stage for the first time, I felt people, who were making fun of me, were laughing on the character I was playing. He has become Sanjay sir to me more than being a maternal uncle. Also read | Malaal actor Meezan Jaaferi: Padmaavat gave me confidence to be an actor
Is there a pressure of being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s niece? I feel privileged that I am related to him and he has given me a chance to prove my capabilities to the world. Advertising

I wanted to be a doctor until I was 17. How would you describe Malaal? For me, he became a ‘Sir’ when I watched Devdas at the age of 17. 0
Comment(s) How was he an influence on you? In school, I was made fun of because I was fat. That is when I realised what acting is capable of making you feel.