The Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country featured Ma Anand Sheela again in the news for an upcoming biopic. Ma Anand Sheela is an Indian Swiss woman and the spokesperson of the Rajneesh Movement (Osho Movement).
She was the personal assistant of Rajneeshee sect leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the president of the Rajneesh Foundation International. She is in the limelight after her two competing biopics, featuring Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt,
She recently revealed in an interview with the Hindustan Times that she wanted Alia Bhatt to do her biopic, not Priyanka Chopra. She even said that she only congratulated Alia Bhatt for the movie because she believed that she looked like Alia Bhatt when she was young.
Ma Anand revealed that neither Priyanka Chopra nor the director of the movie informed her about this biopic. She said that she asked Priyanka to quit the movie and even emailed her concerning that. However, there’s no official confirmation regarding the biopic from the makers or from Priyanka.
Who is Ma Sheela Anand?
Ma Sheela Anand (Sheela Ambalal Patel) was born on 28 December 1949 in Baroda, Gujarat. Presently, she is 73 and she was the youngest of 6 children of Ambalal and Maniben Patel.
At the age of 18, she moved to the United States and was admitted to Montclair State College in New Jersey. Later, in 1981 she was appointed as the personal assistant by Rajneesh.
Additionally, she was named president of the International Rajneesh Foundation. Ma Sheela Anand said that Rajneesh had instructed and encouraged her participation in the illegal crimes that she and several other Rajneeshees eventually performed.
Ma Anand Sheela Husband & Children
Ma Anand Sheela was married three times, first to an American man named Marc Harns Silverman. He was a resident of Highland Park, Illinois. In 1972, Sheela returned to India with her husband, Silverman, to pursue spiritual studies.
They both became disciples of the guru Rajneesh, and she also changed her name to Ma Anand Sheela from Sheela P. Silverman. In 1979, she also adopted a daughter named Anuja in Pune, India.
Silverman died in 1980, and she got married to a fellow Rajneesh follower, John Shelfer. Later, Shelfer also died, and there was no information available regarding his cause of death. After the death of Shelfer, Ma Anand Sheela got married to Urs Birnstiel, a Swiss citizen who also died of AIDS in 1992.
Ma Anand Sheela Net Worth 2023
There’s no exact information available on the net worth of Ma Anand Sheela. However, even after so many years, she lives quite an influential and luxurious lifestyle. There are several documentaries made about her life, one of them being Netflix’s Wild Wild Country, which was released in 2018.
She even did an interview with Karan Johar, and now her biopic is also in the making, which features Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt. However, his net worth is not confirmed but is estimated at around $2,000,000.