WHAT? Taha Shah Badussha PLEADED With Sanjay Leela Bhansali To Not Fire Him From Heeramandi; Actor Recalls, ‘If I Did Something Wrong, Forgive Me’

Taha Shah Badussha opened up about his experience of working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and how he was cast as Nawab Tajdar Baloch in Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar

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WHAT? Taha Shah Badussha PLEADED With Sanjay Leela Bhansali To Not Fire Him From Heeramandi; Actor Recalls, ‘If I Did Something Wrong, Forgive Me’
Actor Taha Shah Badussha is being touted as the new national crush after his flawless portrayal of Nawab Tajdar Baloch in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s debut web series Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. Days after the makers of the show announced the second season, he has now opened up about his experience of working with the ace filmmaker and how he was cast in one of the leading roles of the show. During a recent interview, he opened up about the audition process he had to go through for a three-day role in the show. 

Opening up about the same, during an interview with the Urban Asian YouTube channel, Taha shared that he and his friend “begged and pleaded” with the casting agents to consider them for a role in the show. He revealed how had nothing going for him and want to do a small part in the show, hoping that he could make a lasting impression on Bhansali for a future project. However, fate had a different plan for him in the store. He was called to meet the director three weeks later. At the time he was going to sign for the role of Tajdar’s bestfriend Balraj.

The 36-year-old actor added, “Two weeks later, when I was on my way to sign the contract, I get a call saying, ‘We’re really sorry, but sir has decided to go another way with you, and you might not be getting this role’.” Feeling gutted, he reached the Bajirao Mastani filmmaker’s office. without giving Bhansali a chance to speak, Taha pleaded with him not to fire him. He recalled, “I basically just held his hand and started pleading with him, and saying, ‘Sir, please don’t take me out of this role, it means the world to me. It’s the biggest opportunity of my life, if I did something wrong, forgive me’.”

The 61-year-old filmmaker asked him to have a seat, take a deep breath, and try for the role of Tajdar instead of a minor character. Taha went on to relive the weeks when he was waiting for a call back from Bhansali’s team. He would call up the casting director Shruti Mahajan to get updated. Annoyed at his incessant requests, she would tell him that she couldn’t share any updates until the directors told her about it. He went on to recall how as he was waiting for an update from Bhansali, he was offered 3 other projects. He said, “There was one international project and two domestic projects… I was getting good money for them, and I had to run my house, but I kept stalling.”

The Luv Ka The End actor went on to recall, “With a heavy heart, I said no to all three of those projects. Luckily, three days later, I got a call saying that sir wants to meet you, come to set. The pressure, the stress… It was unbelievable.”

On the work front, Taha Shah Badussha was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. The makers of the show recently announced that Heeramandi has been renewed for another season. According to the filmmaker, the second season will follow the tawaifs journey in the Mumbai or Kolkata film industry after they leave Lahore, post-indepence. 
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