Saiyami Kher
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I had no clue I was auditioning for Mirzya: Saiyami


Actor Saiyami Kher who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya calls it her dream launch in the industry.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better in life. I had given screen tests for quite a few things before, but now I feel fortunate they didn’t work out. I am a big admirer of Gulzaar sahab’s work. And of course Rakeysh Sir’s films such as Delhi 6, Rang de Basanti and Milkha might not have done commercially well but they’ll always remain cult films.”

She further states when you are an outsider and struggling for a break in Bollywood, you are not in a position to choose. “You have to go with the flow and take what comes your way. If it is a prestigious production house, banner and a good director, you don’t give much of a thought or wait to work with a director of your choice.”

Surprisingly, Saiyami had no clue she was auditioning for Mirzya when she gave her first screen test. “I went through normal auditioning process, stood in the queue, met the casting director and was told it is for a big film. It was after two weeks when I got a call from Rakeysh Sir and that’s how it all started.”

However she admits that having worked with Mehra, she has set a new benchmark for herself in terms of directors she will work with. “Rakeysh sir spoils you for choice as an actor. He pampers you so much and my equation with him is going to be a lifelong relationship. Now that the shooting is over, I am getting so nostalgic,” says Kher adding, “But of course there’s a bucket list of directors I’d like to work with. I’ve been chasing them down, so hopefully after my debut performance, I’ll get to do films with them too.”

Ask her about controversies and rumours that come as a part and parcel of being a celebrity, Saiyami sounded quite prepared for it. “When you sign up for a project, things like praise, criticism, rumours and everything else comes along. It’s unfair to crib. I have my own escape routes to go to some kind of trek or dive in the ocean if things get beyond me, so I will always have them.”

For her role in the movie, the actor went through rigorous training for three months in Delhi where she was trained by Dilip Shankar and Adil Hussain.

“They both completely changed and transformed my life. We used to start at 6.30 in the morning, do horse riding in Vasant Kunj for two hours, then attend acting workshops in Greater Kailash for four hours, then again horse riding for an hour in the evening. It was one of its kinds learning experience to be away from my surroundings,” recalls the actor.