Sayyeshaa Saigal, the new star-kid on the block is ready to debut into the world of Hindi cinema. Our Bollywood guide ‘G9 DivyaSolgama’ had a privilege to speak to her regarding her film ‘Shivaay’ & more
Sayyeshaa, ‘Shivaay’ is your first step into the world of Hindi cinema. It’s an out and out action drama riding high on the shoulders of Ajay Devgn. Do you feel it’s the right choice for a star kid like you to get launched?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –The fact that I am making my debut with Ajay sir, is a good feeling because I feel honored to be sharing screen space with him and the fact that he considers me to make me a part of his directorial, I definitely feel lucky. He didn’t sort of approach me. I went for this meeting where he told me about ‘Shivaay’ but I had to audition for it. It wasn’t really this offer that came. It was an audition of like 6-7 hours. The fact that he choose me for the film was a big deal. I was very surprised initially that he liked my audition. In fact, I signed the film on my 17th birthday and didn’t know the signing is happening, it was a surprise. I think that is going to be one of my most cherished memories ever. You know that people who’ll come to watch Ajay sir, will indirectly watch me too. It is the most secure feeling, I guess. But at the same time, your work has to be good probably to get noticed, if I may say. I am a bit nervous because I want people to accept me and like my work. Every character in the film is equally important. Even if one is missing, it’s not going to be complete. If people like my work and presence on screen, then it’ll be easier for me in the future. I don’t even know if people will compare me to Erika because we’re very different. Her role is of a foreigner and I am playing an Indian girl. If people connect, then it’ll be fine. I don’t think there will be comparisons.
Sayyeshaa, how tough or easy is it for a star kid to get launched into today’s world of Hindi cinema?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –There are certain amount of expectations that you have to live up to because you are coming from a film family.There are expectations not only from your family, but also from the audiences as they see you in a certain light.At the same time, it is not completely easy.The struggle is probably easier than someone who isn’t from a film family because you get a cup of tea in someone’s office is know someone better.At the end of the day, you will only get the film or role if people find you worthy.I guess the struggle is definitely more if you aren’t from a film family.
Sayyeshaa, what’s the reaction of your family members over your association with ‘Shivaay’? Has Dilip Kumar or SairaBanu seen the movie or the trailer?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –No, he hasn’t. He is probably not in the health to really receive it clearly. But of course, if he is feeling okay, I will show the film to him. Phuponani (Sairaji) has seen it and she was happy. She liked the action and said there were beautiful locations. They were happy because when you see the promo at first, it gives you a big effect and the action is really good. That is something that they appreciated, everyone from my family felt the action was really good. They are just hoping that it does well.
Sayyeshaa, you’ve done a Tamil and a Telugu film. So would you be focusing more down south or Hindi films will be your prime focus?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –At the moment I am continuing all three. Not in any particular reason, but there have been very good films that have come my way. I felt it will be a good opportunity to be a part of them, in any language. I was not going to star in the south. In fact, the first that I signed was ‘Shivaay’, not the Telugu film (Akhil). Unfortunately, because ‘Shivaay’ got delayed about a year, I had that gap free and this offer came (Akhil). I wasn’t even looking forward to doing that because I never thought I’d go to the south, honestly. I always thought I’d do Hindi mainly, but the team was very good; the director, V. V. Vinayak, he is quite an acclaimed director. I thought it would be a good camera experience before I do ‘Shivaay’. I asked him if he was okay with it because that is like my responsibility. He said ‘why not’ and I went on and did it. That’s how I went on and did it. Otherwise, the main plan was to always debut in ‘Shivaay’.
Sayyeshaa, there were reports that Salman Khan was going to launch you. Do you think that would have been a better debut?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –No, it’s my debut film, I am the most happy making my debut with ‘Shivaay’, with Ajay sir directing me especially. Salman sir, was never going to launch me. He is a very sweet and close family friend. I really look up to him. I hope I work with him in the future.
Sayyeshaa, you belong to a film family, so what kind of films have you grown up watching?
Sayyeshaa Saigal – All sorts of films, I think I watch most films that release. My favourite genre would be romantic comedies, dance musicals. People ask me about doing any remake of Sairaji’s films, I wouldn’t be able to do what she did. She was not only glamorous, but also very good at her work. I am different from her. Also, I don’t think I’d want to touch pieces which have been left so artistically.
Sayyeshaa, were you one of the kids who used to dance in front of the mirror?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –Always! I was always dancing in front of mirrors.In the shower also I would dance, I still am dancing.My mother has to pull me out from places and has to control me to stand still.I am that sort of girl.
Lastly, have you seen AeDilHaiMushkil’s trailer or songs?
Sayyeshaa Saigal –I have seen the trailer and one of the songs, Bulleya.I quite liked the song, it was really nice.
(Source: Bollywood Times)