Who is 'Heeramandi' actor Sharmin Segal? Sanjay Leela Bhansali's niece, married to a billionaire's son 

15 May,2024 12:13 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Heeramandi actor Sharmin Segal is in the eye of the storm as she is being trolled for her performance as Alamzeb in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed series

Sharmin Segal

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-awaited and anticipated debut web series 'Heeramandi' dropped on Netflix at the beginning of the month. Over the days, much has been spoken and discussed about the series that centers around the courtesans of Lahore in the 1920s who played a pivotal role in India's independence movement. While some elements of the show have been praised, many have also criticised the series for its plot and over-the-top presentation of 'Heeramandi'. Sharmin Segal who plays Alamzeb in the series has been specifically criticized and trolled for her performance in the series. Owing to the trolling, the actress has also turned off her comment section on Instagram.

But, who is Sharmin Segal?

The 28-year-old actress made her acting debut in 2019 with the film 'Malaal'. She then appeared in the 2022 release 'Atithi Bhooto Bhava'. 'Heeramandi' was her first series. She was born in 1995 to executive Deepak Segal and film editor Bela Segal. Her mother is a film editor and sister of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, making Sharmin the filmmaker's niece. Bela works as a film editor and has worked on films like 'Khamoshi', 'Devdas', and 'Black.' She has also directed the film 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' back in 2012. Sharmin's father is currently the content head of Applause Entertainment, a leading production house.

Sharmins' paternal grandfather Mohanl Segal was a successful filmmaker who made films like 'Ek Hi Raasta', 'Raja Jani', 'New Delhi', etc.

Sharmin's in-laws:

Sharmin tied the knot in 2023 with businessman Aman Mehta. He is the son of business tycoon Samir Mehta, a billionaire. Samir and his brother Sudhir Mehta are the head of the Torrent Group. According to reports, Samir's net worth as of 2024 is at a staggering $6.44 billion (Rs 53,800 crore).

Sharmin Segal responds to hate she received for performance in Heeramandi

Beforehand, Sharmin spoke out about the criticisms and online harassment, sharing how she copes with the intense scrutiny, Talking to BBC Asian Network, she said, "There is a lot of pressure and sometimes it manifests in weird ways," adding, "But I have a really good support system. I think my strongest support system is my sister. She also happened to be an assistant director on the show. So, it worked out in a way where I do have my outlets where I can vent."

"In my personal life, I am secure enough today to come home to my husband and put everything that I have done at work aside. But I am not that person who's gonna constantly put that much pressure on it. Yes, I do want to prove myself; but today I am also a realist in that way. We live in a world of 1.7 billion people, in India itself (As per Indian Expres, this is a figure Sharmin got wrong during the chat. As per UN data from last year, India's population is around 1.4 billion). After all, how many people's opinions are you gonna shape or have control over," she asked.

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