Richa and Sanjay on the sets of the show
Richa and Sanjay on the sets of the show

Richa Chadha on Sanjay Leela Bhansali: His sets are chaotic, but there is silence as he enters

The actor played the role of Lajjo in the recently released Netflix show Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar

Richa Chadha opened up in an interview recently about the grand sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and how there are many people present on the set. She played the role of a tawaif Lajjo in Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.

The actor reflected on the grandness of his sets that require a lot of people handling every single thing. In an interview to Instant Bollywood, she said, “His sets always have a lot of people because they are grand. So, they have a lot of setting people, a lot of people from the art director’s team who look after the candles, the curtains. Then there are people from the costume team looking after jewellery and other things, and the lighting team. So, there are a lot of people. On an average there are 100- 150 people on his set, which is nothing, and if there are extras, then there will be even more people. There can be 100, 200, 300 extras.”

Adding upon the filmmaker’s ‘high standards’ while working, Richa said, “What I like about his set is that there is a lot of chaos but when he comes, there is a silent feeling like somebody is here and everybody gets to working. And he has a very high standard, so what I love about him is that he has such a high standard for himself that he will re-shoot something if he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t settle for sure.”

Earlier, the actor had revealed how she had to give 99 takes for a shot as Bhansali wasn’t convinced with her performance coming out the right way.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar also stars Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Sehgal and Sanjeeda Sheikh. It also marks the comeback of Fardeen Khan, Shekhar Suman and his son Adhyayan Suman. The series premiered on Netflix on May 1.

Cinema Express