Film critic Rajeev Masand, on The Actresses Roundtable 2019 with Rajeev Masand, which released on YouTube on 21 December, confirmed that Alia Bhatt will be playing the role of Ma Anand Sheela.
Ma Anand Sheela was the former personal assistant of Bhagwan Rajneesh or Osho. In 2018, she featured extensively in a six-part Netflix documentary series based on the life and cult of Osho.
During the interview, Masand, while talking about biopics in Bollywood, says “Alia, I know that Shakun has you down for playing Ma Sheela.” In response to this comment, Alia looks away and pretends to not hear him. He then says, “I am not even asking. Sometimes we’re privileged to know some inside information.”
The Shakun Batra will direct the film or it will be a docu-feature film or a fictionalized feature film is still unclear. In November, Netflix released the teaser for another documentary based on Ma Anand Sheela’s life. The teaser gave a preview of the compelling story of her life.
The documentary is produced by Karan Johar. Shakun Batra is reportedly the executive producer.
Check out the teaser:
Sources, then, had told a media portal that Aamir Khan had agreed to play Osho while Alia Bhatt has said yes to essaying the role of Ma Anand Sheela.
The good news is that Ma Anand Sheela is happy for Alia Bhatt to play her onscreen. According to a report by am leading media portal, she recently said that “I feel she (Alia Bhatt) has the spunk in her that I had. Spunk is very necessary and it is very natural, it is not artificial, not cosmetic, it is genuine.”