No other film-maker has so much strained nerves with biopics as Shyam Benegal. "Bhumika""Zubeidaa","Sardari Begum" "Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak", "Bose :The Forgotten Hero" are the biographical works. For a maker, handling biographies is really a hard nut to crack. They need to be documented with evidences and authenticated with vital proofs. Naturally, they need extensive research work. Risks are always there. Very few directors dare take such risks. Undaunted Shyam is at home in such challenge.
Count at least five best performances of Karishma Kapoor, by no way, can you miss "Zubeidaa".Shyam Benegal is an expert jeweller who can identify the real gems. "Zubeidaa" is adopted from real life story. It was undoubtedly, a challenge for both Karishma and Shyam to justify their respective credentials. Both came out with flying colours. Shyam extracted the best from Karishma and the latter gave her best. With due apology, one may say, Karishma has, in some scenes, dwarfed Rekha's paramountsy.