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Beyond baby steps

tv Updated: Aug 28, 2008 17:55 IST

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Little Anjali of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Sana Saeed is all grown up now and playing the lead in a TV serial...

You are that rare child star (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) who has got a lead role as an adult, too.

Yes. And my character, Pooja, in Lo Ho Gayee Pooja Iss Ghar Ki is receiving genuine appreciation. I am happy about this because I had got a lot of praise for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and I did not want people to say, “She did a good job when she was young but now she is not good enough.”

Why did you choose television as your comeback medium?
I never really stopped acting — I was taking on work that I could do along with the studies. You need to dedicate more time to films. Cinevistaas (the producers of Lo Ho Gayee Pooja Iss Ghar Ki) told me that they would give me time off to attend my classes and a break during my examination. They also said that my tutor could come on the sets and teach me. This was really convenient for me, so there was no problem.

Besides the time factor, what attracted you to Lo Ho Gayee Pooja…?
The character I’m playing is such fun. Pooja is so much like me. I have to come on the sets and be myself. When you are enacting comedy, you come to the set and have a blast. Being just 19 years old, I like the role I’m playing — she is my age, fun and happy-go-lucky.

Why did you stop acting in films after Kuch Kuch Hota Hai?
I was just eight when I did Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Later, I did Badal. I kept getting offers for films but I needed to study, too. However, I did advertisements and a few roles here and there for television. The only thing that was and is holding me back form doing films is that I don’t want my studies to suffer.

You worked as Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter in KKHH. Do you dream about playing his heroine now?
There is no question about me not wanting to do so. Anybody would want to play Shah Rukh’s heroine (laughs). It will be an honour to work with him again.

Will you address him as ‘uncle’?
If I call him uncle, he will hit me because when I met him at an award function two years after KKHH and called him uncle, he said, “You are too big, don’t call me uncle now (laughs).” He has a young outlook even now so I would not want him to feel like an uncle; he does not look like one.

Are you in touch with the stars of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai?
I’m in touch with Parzaan (the child who played the silent Sardar) but nobody else.

How do you feel when you see yourself on the small screen?
It is a crazy feeling because I’m not so much into wearing these Punjabi outfits and tying such long parandas.

So what are you planning next?
I want to go abroad for higher studies. Later, I will decide if I want to continue acting and modelling. The acting field is very competitive, you always need a back-up.