Sharmin Segal Finally Opens Up On 'Bullying' Sanjeeda Shaikh Allegations!


Sharmin Segal has responded to the controversy surrounding her viral interview with Heeramandi co-star Sanjeeda Shaikh. In an interview with Times Now, she addressed the backlash she received for her comments, which were perceived as critical towards Shaikh. Segal stated that her words were taken ‘out of context.’

Sharmin Segal breaks silence on 'out of context' bullying allegations  against Heeramandi co-star Sanjeeda Shaikh

Sharmin Segal on the Viral Clip with Sanjeeda Shaikh

As the cast praised the filmmaker’s shooting techniques and meticulous attention to detail, Sharmin, who was already criticized for her ‘expressionless and emotionless’ acting, appeared to take subtle jabs at Aditi Rao Hydari and Sanjeeda Shaikh. She implied that Shaikh was an outsider and called Hydari a ‘schoolgirl’ for her punctuality on set. These comments did not sit well with netizens, who harshly criticized her for making ‘rude and disrespectful’ remarks about her seniors. In a recent interview, the Malaal actress addressed the trolling.

Sharmin Segal hit with new wave of internet fury for 'bullying' Heeramandi  co-star Sanjeeda Shaikh during interview | Web Series - Hindustan Times

Sharmin Segal hit with new wave of internet fury for 'bullying' Heeramandi  co-star Sanjeeda Shaikh during interview | Web Series - Hindustan Times

When questioned about the ‘insider-outsider’ narrative allegedly created from her interviews with Aditi Rao Hydari and Sanjeeda Shaikh, Sharmin commented,

“This is something I’m not fully aware of. What I do know is that my interviews were taken out of context. Some of my co-stars have kindly spoken out to clarify this. I have a very cordial relationship with both Aditi and Sanjeeda. I wish people wouldn’t use 10-second clips out of context to define my relationship with them.”

Sharmin Segal’s Acting Journey

In Heeramandi, Sharmin portrays Alamzeb, the younger daughter of Manisha Koirala’s character, Mallikajaan. Her performance has received mixed reactions, with some social media users criticizing her as ‘expressionless,’ prompting her to disable comments on Instagram. Sharmin, the niece of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, debuted in acting with Malaal alongside Meezaan Jafri. She previously worked as an assistant director on films such as Mary Kom and Bajirao Mastani.

Heeramandi explores the pre-partition era red-light district of Heera Mandi in Lahore (present-day Pakistan). The series delves into the power dynamics among courtesans, Nawabs, and British officers during the Indian independence movement. The cast includes Sharmin Segal, Manisha Koirala, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chadha, and many others. The series has recently been renewed for a second season and is available for streaming on Netflix.