Richa Chadha reveals Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s high standards and serene presence

According to Richa Chadha, Bhansali’s sets are loud, with an average of 100–150 workers. There’s stillness at the arrival of the filmmaker.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’s popularity on Netflix is something Richa Chadha is delighted about. She recently discussed the elaborate sets and strictness of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s projects. According to Richa Chadha, Bhansali’s sets are loud, with an average of 100–150 workers. When Bhansali shows up, everything is quiet.

Richa Chadha told Instant Bollywood, “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, or 300 extras.”


The actor also appreciated how the filmmaker wants the best from his crew and his actors. She 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.”

The actress complimented the director for having high standards for everyone’s work. She mentioned how much she enjoyed the chaos of his sets. “What I like about his set is that there’s a lot of chaos, but when he walks onstage, there’s a quiet sense that someone is there, and everyone starts working,” she remarked. He also has really high standards for himself, which is something I adore about him. If he doesn’t like something, he will reshoot it. He never settles for “certain.”

Netflix is currently offering Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, which also stars Fardeen Khan, Sharmin Segal, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman, and Manisha Koirala.