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Ajay sir has no airs of a superstar: Sayyeshaa on her debut in Shivaay

Debutant actor Sayyeshaa talks about her experience of working with Ajay Devgn as a co-star and a director.

bollywood Updated: Oct 21, 2016 08:03 IST
Monika Rawal
Monika Rawal
Hindustan Times
Sayyeshaa,Dilip Kumar,Ajay Devgn
Actor Sayyeshaa says that as a director, Ajay Devgn knows exactly what he wants, not only from the acting point of view but also technical.

Actor Sayyeshaa, who is making her debut in Ajay Devgn’s directorial venture, is awestruck by the actor’s charm. She calls it an experience in itself to be sharing screen space with Devgn and being directed by him. “Although Ajay (sir) is this huge star, he’s so down to earth. His humility is one of his strongest points. He doesn’t have airs of a superstar,” says Sayyeshaa, who is Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s grandniece.

She was all of 16 and studying when she auditioned for the film. “Ajay (sir) had seen my pictures and he wanted to give me a screen test. I got a call from his office; they told me about the role and asked to come for the test. It was my first camera interaction,” she recalls, adding, “Though he (Devgn) was not there for the audition, I knew that he would watch it. I was just myself and I guess he liked that about me and signed me for the role.”

Actor Sayyeshaa is making her Bollywood debut in Ajay Devgn’s directorial venture.

The actor also says that working with Devgn was a cakewalk. “We were doing our first scene in Mussoorie and it was an emotional sequence. Initially, I thought I’d probably be nervous, but Ajay (Sir) makes you feel so comfortable. Maybe that’s why I could give my best and did a great job,” says the 19-year-old.

She adds, “As a director, he’s exactly what he wants, not only from the acting point of view but technical too. We had a six-camera setup and Ajay (sir) would be operating one camera himself, and not many actors can do that.”

On whether Devgn was strict with his team or got worked up about retakes, Sayyesha says, “Even if there was any stress on the sets, he’d remain calm and composed. Anyway he doesn’t speak that much, so he won’t make you feel something is going wrong and would sort the issue on his own.”

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First Published: Oct 21, 2016 07:59 IST