Why did Richa Chadha Cry during ‘Heeramandi’ Shoot?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali delved into why Richa Chadha got emotional during the shooting of ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’.

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"She became upset as well."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali revealed why Richa Chadha cried during the filming of Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar (2024).

In the show, Richa played Lajwanti ‘Lajjo’ – the foster daughter of Mallikajaan (Manisha Koirala).

While she was filming the song ‘Masoom Dil Hai Mera’, Richa got emotional.

Bhansali, who also composed the music for Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, divulged into the reasons behind this.

He explained: “That was a special moment. But her performance wasn’t landing.

“She was trying, but I wasn’t getting what I wanted.

“After a point, I got a little upset. I said, ‘You’ve rehearsed it, but it’s still not falling in place. You’re not getting the state of mind’.

“I got a little angry, and she became upset as well.

“The anger on her face was so special. That moment was a result of what I said to her and what she said to me.

“In all the songs I’ve shot, big numbers, this is one of the rare moments of the actor feeling the humiliation of the scene that she went through rather than feeling the humiliation of me getting angry and saying, ‘How many takes will you want?’

“The anger was from both sides, but you need to be in that state of mind.

“Another actor might have stormed off the set in anger, but Richa and I both understood that the shot is more important, the song is more important, the scene is more important, the series is more important than either of us.”

Bhansali added that when the shot in question was finally complete, the whole crew of Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar applauded.

He continued: “I went and hugged her, and we forgot about all that had happened before the shot.

“But sometimes, you have to arrive at that moment. An actor has to be ready to arrive at that moment.

“A director has to wait and bring the actor to that moment.”

“If you are taking too many takes, and I scold you, then you will feel the humiliation that the character was meant to show.

“When I was watching it, I thought, ‘She’s actually crying’.

“She held on to every beat. Until the last moment, she didn’t let go of that anger and frustration.”

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar premiered on Netflix on May 1, 2024, and received mixed reviews from viewers.

Watch ‘Masoom Dil Hai Mera’ here:


Manav is a creative writing graduate and a die-hard optimist. His passions include reading, writing and helping others. His motto is: “Never hang on to your sorrows. Always be positive."

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