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I didn’t always want to act. It wasn’t a childhood dream: Saiyami Kher

Saiyami Kher says models are comfortable with their bodies. She talks about the transition from being a model to an actor. Adds acting was not something she had planned at all

bollywood Updated: Nov 19, 2016 08:42 IST
Pooja Sharma
Saiyami Kher

Saiyami Kher says models are comfortable with their bodies. She talks about the transition from being a model to an actor.

Former model Saiyami Kher made her Bollywood debut with Mirzya co-starring Harshvardhan Kapoor this year. Talking about her modelling days, she says, “They [Bollywood and modelling] are totally different worlds. The moving camera and the stationary camera make the difference. However, models are very comfortable with their bodies. For me, acting is honesty and introspection.”

Saiyami, who has a sports background and used to be a state-level cricket and badminton player, never dreamt about showbiz. She came to the fore after being featured in a popular swimsuit calendar. “I didn’t always want to act. It wasn’t a childhood dream. My parents (Uttara Mhatre Kher, mother, and Adwait Kher, father) were both actors, but they took us away from all that to Nashik, Maharashtra, to give us a middle-class upbringing. They wanted us to know that there is another world beyond cinema and showbiz, which they succeeded in doing,” says the actor, who got into acting when she came back to study in Mumbai.

“When the acting bug bit me, things started flowing in the right direction. And in the process, I discovered myself,” says Saiyami. She adds that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has been a very strong influence in her life. “He has been a teacher, a friend, and a philosopher, and has taught me to look at life from a different perspective. He is a family member now,” she says.