Searching for Sheela, a documentary of Ma Anand Sheela, is now available on Netflix. Shakun Batra, who is also working on a series about Sheela's life, is executive producing the show. Along with Shakun's movie, Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with director Barry Levinson on a film about Ma Anand Sheela's life.
SHEELA ON PRIYANKA CHOPRA'S PLAYING HER ROLE
Sheela, on the other hand, did not want Priyanka to play her onscreen and had sent her a notice in 2019, telling her to quit working on the film.
In a recent interview with Film Companion, she discussed Priyanka Chopra's portrayal of her on screen once more. "I'm a poor judge on that subject," she admitted. I'm not qualified to pass judgment on someone playing a character in a film.The only thing I'd say is that I've always been normal, and Shakun (Batra) would have a difficult time finding someone who is."
WHEN SHEELA SENT PRIYANKA A LEGAL NOTICE
Sheela had previously announced that she had given Priyanka a legal notice. According to Hindustan Times, "I told her I didn't want her to do [the] movie because I hadn't chosen her... In Switzerland, we submit legal notices in a very straightforward manner.I sent her an email which is accepted there as legal."
SHAKUN BATRA ON PRIYANKA'S MA ANAND SHEELA PROJECT
When asked about Priyanka's rival project on Ma Anand Sheela, Shakun Batra said, "That's a different show on which Priyanka has been working. People are eager to share this tale, and I can see why; I'm sure everybody has their own interpretation."
"I'm more concerned with 'trying to understand Osho' and 'the notion of awareness that he constantly talked about," he said.
MA ANAND SHEELA'S History
Ma Anand Sheela was the Osho movement's spokeswoman. For her role in the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack, she pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault in 1986. She was given a 20-year federal prison sentence and was released after 39 months.
When the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country was released in 2018, Sheela was the talk of the town.