Sayyeshaa Saigal, the juvenile star in Bollywood, grandniece of Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar is a fresh face in Bollywood. Sayyeshaa is making her her first Bollywood debut with the senior artist of industry Ajay Devgan in Shivaay.
The 19-year-old actress has now crossed her fingers and hoping best by her first release of the silver screen. Since she enters in the Indian Cinematic Industry last her with her first release in Telugu debut Akhil in 2015 starer Akhil Akkineni and Sayyeshaa Saigal.
She was quoted as saying that as the movie date is coming closer, the only insecurity she has is whether the audience will like her or not. She further added as she does not have an alternative career option than this, she hopes that the movie will work for her.
She calls it an experience in itself to be sharing screen space with Devgn and being directed by him. “Although Ajay (sir) is this huge star, he’s so down to earth. His humility is one of his strongest points. He doesn’t have airs of a superstar,” says Sayyeshaa, who is Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s grandniece.
She was all of 16 and studying when she auditioned for the film. “Ajay (sir) had seen my pictures and he wanted to give me a screen test. I got a call from his office; they told me about the role and asked to come for the test. It was my first camera interaction,” she recalls, adding, “Though he (Devgn) was not there for the audition, I knew that he would watch it. I was just myself and I guess he liked that about me and signed me for the role.”
The actor also says that working with Devgn was a cakewalk. “We were doing our first scene in Mussoorie and it was an emotional sequence. Initially, I thought I’d probably be nervous, but Ajay (Sir) makes you feel so comfortable. Maybe that’s why I could give my best and did a great job,” says the 19-year-old.
She adds, “As a director, he’s exactly what he wants, not only from the acting point of view but technical too. We had a six-camera setup and Ajay (sir) would be operating one camera himself, and not many actors can do that.”
Sayyeshaa says, “Even if there was any stress on the sets, he’d remain calm and composed. Anyway, he doesn’t speak that much, so he won’t make you feel something is going wrong and would sort the issue on his own.”
Says Sayyeshaa, “My favorite films of my grandmother are ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ and ‘Padosan’. I won’t be able to do what she did, but I would like to be a part of ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ if it is remade. It would be great if Ranbir Kapoor is cast opposite me.”
The newbie shudders at the thought of being compared to Sairaji. “Though I might look like her, please don’t compare us. She had a style of her own. I won’t be able to live up to her legacy and body of work. I want to be accepted without being compared to anyone.”
In a way, Sayyeshaa is relieved that her dinner-table conversations don’t revolve around movies. “My grandmother has seen the trailer of ‘Shivaay’, but we don’t talk about films. Our conversations are more about traveling, as my family loves to travel. I also discuss shopping with her. She is glamorous and owns the finest of things. She has beautiful shawls that she wants me to use,” she says.
The debutante also admits that she feels the pressure to live up to her family’s name and reputation. “There is no pressure from them, but I still feel it. I know people expect me to be a good actress. My grandfather (Dilip Kumar) has done great work, and I can’t even be compared to his toenail. Also, I have to maintain the respectability that my family has earned over the years,” she concludes.
Well, movie Shivaay is slated to release with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, so it’s going to be a clash of two smash films at the box office on October 28. 2016.Watch Shivaay trailer once again.