Post the official announcement of Ma Anand Sheela biopic back in 2019, now Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been announced to play her in this Amazon film instead of Alia Bhatt defying all the rumors from the past.
Just last year when Priyanka Chopra Jonas was having a public interaction on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she made a revelation that she will be seen playing the role of Ma Anand Sheela who was former spokeswoman of the Rajneesh movement. These were Priyanka’s words,.
“We’re developing it as the character of Sheela, who was this guru who originated from India, [Osho’s] right-hand woman. And she was just devious and created a whole cult in the US, bringing people here.”
Now going by the reports in Hollywood Reporter, the film has been confirmed on cards and is set to be an Amazon flick. Titled Sheela, the film will be helmed by Barry Levinson and will be written by Nick Yarborough. Barry will also be jointly producing this film under his home banner Baltimore Pictures with Permut Presentations’ David Permut, Jason Sosnoff and Priyanka’s production house Purple Pebble Pictures on board.
Sometime back PeeCee had also shared,
“[The doc] was amazing, and I’m developing that next for me to star in and produce, which I think would be really cool.”
She also added,
“I have to credit director Barry Levinson for bringing this movie to me. He will be directing the project. He and his producers have been researching this subject and developing it for the last few years. He approached me to develop it with him.”
On the other hand, Ma Anand Sheela on whose life this biopic is based has claimed that she wants Alia Bhatt to play her role. To which the Alia had said,
“If Ma Anand Sheela feels I’m worthy to play her part, I’d feel very very honoured and grateful. Hopefully, if that film is made I’d be very very happy to play it.”