The trailer for the Netflix documentary “Seraching for Sheela” by Shakun Batra gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Ma Anand Sheela and her journey after being accused of fraud and murder.
The docu-drama delves into her lifestory of how Sheela Ambalal Patel became Ma Anand Sheela, her relationship with Osho whom she calls “Bhagwan”, and his blatant calling out of her as a “murderer”.
Nevertheless, she claims that Bhagwan was very much in love with her. “But history is not written for my part. It is Bhagwan’s history, not Sheela’s history,” she shares.
Watch the trailer here:
The trailer also features a couple of other interviews, one with Barkha Dutt where Ma Anand Sheela, not falling for her tough questions, says, ‘I cannot satisfy you’. When asked by another interviewer if she is seeking redemption, a long dramatic pause from Ma Anand Sheela speaks volumes.
The official synopsis of the documentary reads, “Osho’s controversial and sassy ex-secretary, Ma Anand Sheela returns to India after 34 years of exile. Sheela, having re-shot to fame since the mega reception to the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, is now parceling her life to the world. Searching for Sheela is an intimate look into her journey across India, observing the rebranding of her as a pop-culture icon, with audiences unable to decide if they deem her a “criminal” or remain in awe of her badass secretary days.”
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Sheela Birnstiel in a statement about the feature said, ‘Searching for Sheela’ will give you a glimpse of my real self, my identity, my life and its evolution over the last 40 years. This film is about my journey of returning to my home in India, a journey I have longed for many years. It captures the roller-coaster of emotions I experienced on this journey very well. I am looking forward to sharing my story with the world.”
Helmed by acclaimed film-maker Shakun Batra, ‘Searching for Sheela’ promises to give a detailed account of the controversial figure’s life. Produced by Dharmatic Entertainment, the docu-drama will release on Netflix worldwide on April 22, 2021.
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