I am an actor and not a star, says Sayyeshaa Saigal

How was it fitting into the whole big SHIVAAY dimension?
For me, it was simple, I knew I was signing a film with Ajay Devgn and hoping that, while people would flock to the theatres to see him, catch a glimpse of me as well! At the end of the day, all I wanted was acceptance and perhaps more work… I don’t know how much of that I have received…

It was a very different debut but that’s my whole deal… I don’t want to be a star, what I need to be is an actor. That’s my calling. I don’t know how to be starry, and I am not comfortable with that either. I know that I am a hard worker.

But when you do a film that’s so big budget and grand, you cannot help but get a little starry, I would think!
No, at all, SHIVAAY was the most chilled out experience. Ajay sir is the last one to get all high-handed. He is someone who never really yells. Even when things are getting out of hand, like the light is going or something, he was always calm and composed.

How much did you learn from having him and Kajol around for your first movie?
Where??? Kajol ma’am was never there; I met her only once that too at a shopping mall. Working on SHIVAAY has obviously helped me a lot as an actor. There is so much to learn from Ajay sir… Despite his seniority, he was completely open to hearing me out. There was this time when we had the scriptwriters and all on the sets, and I felt like I wanted to say a certain dialogue my way and not how I was asked to. Instead of throwing a fit at my demand, he agreed to shoot it both ways… so you see, it was an amazing experience.

What is the one thing that Sayyeshaa brings to the table that no one else can?

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