Actress Saiyami Kher had to compete with another woman to bag the female lead role in Mirzya.
After the initial auditions for Mirzya, Saiyami and her were chosen and sent to Delhi to learn horse riding and get training under Adil Hussain.
It was only after three months that Saiyami was informed that she was selected to play Sahiban.
“He (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra) wanted to be sure if I fit the bill. There was me and another girl, we both were sent to Delhi, we both had to learn horse riding.”
“That experience was amazing. For three months I was in Delhi and I was coached by Adil Hussain and his guru Dilip Shankar,” she added.
She does not reveal the name of her competitor.
Mirzya is slated for release on October 7.
“When I was auditioning, I knew there are two of us – me and another girl – so its 50 – 50 chances. I looked at it as a learning experience. We shot for the film for 83 days. I was choked and teary when the shoot was over as I did not want it to get over,” she said.
Saiyami said she did not feel nervous before the shoot of Mirzya, which is based on the Punjabi folklore Mirza Sahiban, as she had undergone training and rehearsals.
“Our rehearsals were so strong that when we started shooting we felt easy. He (Rakeysh) pampers his actors very much. He never yelled on the sets, he is so relaxed and calm while working. So, there was no burden, stress.”
“The only time I felt little stressed was when I read the script and it had the name of Gulzar saab. He is a legend. He is writing after 15 – 16 years. So I felt there is a responsibility, but Rakyesh sir made things easy for us,” she said.
The model-turned-actress made her acting debut with Telugu film Rey and she says good films matter to her, not the language they are made in.
“I don’t look at it as which language the film made in. If I get an offer to do even a Chinese film, I will do it if the story is good. I did a film in South while I was in college. My masi and bua felt as I have grown up in Nashik, if I do a south film it will help me in opening up,” she said.
After Rey, Saiyami started getting offers for more South Indian movies, but she did not accept them and waited for a Bollywood film.
“The Hindi film industry is one of the biggest in the world. Who wouldn’t want to do a film here in Hindi?,” she said. – CINEWS