Saiyami Kher is new to the world of films but her family has been in Bollywood for decades — she is the granddaughter of famous 1950s actress Usha Kiran, the niece of Tanvi Azmi and she calls Shabana Azmi her maasi.
The newcomer talks about her lineage, making her debut in Bollywood with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, her take on love and her equation with her first leading man, Harashvardhan Kapoor.
Tell us about your role in Mirzya.
In the film, we are trying to show how love travels through different times. It was great because we got to play two different characters — very few people get that in their first film.
Often when two newcomers are cast opposite each other, they fall in love. What kind of relationship do you share with Harshvardhan Kapoor?
I think we were so much in love with each other in the film that we had enough of that.
How was the ice broken between you?
I was very worried that he would be very filmi but he is very chilled out. I am into sports and so we had endless discussions about sports. We use to keep updating each other about scores and we became close. We both got along well and since we were both newcomers, there was no baggage at all.
Your next film was supposed to be with Mani Ratnam.
I was approached by Mani sir and I feel so blessed. I went to meet him, he really liked the screen test and he said ‘You are on.’ It’s a Telugu-Tamil bilingual film. Unfortunately, that film has got delayed due to some logistic issues and he has started another film. I am still keeping my fingers crossed that we will start shooting for it by the end of this year.