Sana is the daughter of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab. Pancholi, 47, has worked in over 65 films and has also appeared in television shows. He is best known for his roles in Yes Boss, Saathi and Jung. Wahab, 53, has worked in critically acclaimed films such as Chit Chor and Gopal Krishna. The couple met on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika and married later. They also have a son, Suraj.
Spontaneous and unpredictable at 24, Sana Pancholi is still exploring territories. Her new restaurant in Goa keeps her busy these days, but she aspires to set up a yoga institute and do theatre in the near future. Daughter of actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, Sana says she is open to acting only if the right script comes her way. We bring you excerpts from the interview:
What are you doing right now?
I have opened an Italian restaurant, Cafe Lambretta, in Goa. I want to expand it and take it to places like Bombay and Bangalore.
Would you like to pursue acting as a career?
I have studied acting in LA. But I don’t want to dance around. I’m good at dancing but I’m not interested in that kind of cinema. I want to do realistic movies. I’ve got a lot of offers but I can’t picture myself doing them.
If you love dancing so much, you won’t mind doing an item number then?
If someone offers me an item number, I will laugh. Never in my dreams can I do that. It’s just not my thing.
Back in 2006, you were part of two Bollywood projects — Vivek Vaswani’s Direct Dil Se and Suneel Darshan’s Shakalaka Boom Boom. While the former was scrapped, the other didn’t work out for you?
I was in school when I was offered Direct Dil Se. However, nothing happened after the mahurat shot. You should ask the producers what went wrong. It got too delayed and I didn’t ask. Shakalaka Boom Boom didn’t go according to the plan. But I don’t have any regrets.
Your name was also dragged in a drug scandal, back in 2008. How did it affect you?
I was at that place and some 200 other people were also there. My name was highlighted because of my surname. It was upsetting because my parents were dragged into it. It didn’t affect my career in anyway.
Is there pressure from your parents to join the film industry?
There’s no pressure from my parents. We lead a very normal life.
What are your interests and hobbies?
Yoga interests me very much and may be in three-four years, I’ll open something related to yoga. Theatre interests me and I might do theatre in Bombay this year. I like travelling and would like to host a travel show. I love watching foreign language films. I hope I get some good offer someday to act in an international film. It’s hard for me to decide on one thing. I get jitters if I keep doing the same thing. I like the freedom to explore. I want to be in a creative field but do what makes me happy. It’s about my mental satisfaction.