Meezaan-Sharmin learns dance moves from Rajasthan, plays khartaal in Jaipur

Debutantes Meezaan Jaffrey & Sharmin Segal had a blast of sorts when they came to Jaipur on Tuesday to promote their film Malaal. From meeting their fans, to dancing to Rajasthani folk songs, to even trying their hand at playing khartaal – the two were in a mood to party! And they didn’t forget to gorge on the local cuisine either. Meezaan, the son of Jaaved Jaaferi, donned a pink jacket to flaunt his love for the Pink City. He sat down with a group of folk musicians & tried playing khartaal. “I love the sound it creates. It looks quite different & I really wanted to play it once,” said Meezaan, who has learnt singing & playing guitar with the help of online videos. meezaan Sharmin & Meezaan enjoy a day out in Jaipur binging on Rajasthani thalis

While Sharmin, who is the niece of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, tried perfecting Rajasthani dance moves before the two gorged on daal-baati churma. She said, “I am a die-hard foodie & have heard so much about Rajasthan ka khana that I couldn’t wait to taste it. I have been waiting to finish the promotions & try some local khana .”

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Not mom, but Mr. Bhansali for sharmin

Sharmin is SLB’s niece, but things are strictly professional between them on set. “He’s Bhansali sir & will remain like that on the sets. Living in a one-room chawl with a huge family to becoming a famous filmmaker – I have seen him becoming ‘the’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In fact, Sanjay sir ka naam itni baar zubaan par aa gaya tha ki main ghar mein dining table par bhi mama ko Sanjay sir address karne lagi thi,” she said. Despite coming from a filmi family, Sharmin said that she made sure she was fully prepared before joining films. “I’ve always dreamt of becoming an actor, but I wanted to come fully prepared. That’s why I assisted in Mary Kom & Bajirao Mastani. I also learnt acting in Los Angeles,” Sharmin said.

DSC_0578 - Copy Meezaan sat down with a group of folk musicians & tried playing the khartaal- “I love the sound it creates,” he said

Mr. Bhansali expects the best of all

SLB is a tough taskmaster & Sharmin does not deny that. “When a person like him makes a movie, he wants the best. I remember when I was assisting him on Mary Kom, I had dark circles.” Meezaan shares the same sentiment, “He pushes one to achieve one’s standards & give one’s best.”

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Friday fever for the newbies.

The two are eagerly waiting for the release date. Meezaan said, “I was nervous since post-production started. Until a few days back, I was scared about how the film would turn out. But now I am at ease.” Meezaan said that he has to go beyond what his grandfather, late actor-comedian Jagdeep, & father Jaaved Jaaferi has achieved. “I don’t want to be known as a comedian or a dancer. I want to be known as a good actor,” Meezaan said. Talking about his grandfather, he added, “People remember him only as a comedian, while in reality he was an intense actor.”