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I’ve been a diehard Sachin Tendulkar fan, says Saiyami Kher

The Mirziya actress talks about Bollywood, her love for cricket and her famour last name

brunch Updated: Feb 19, 2017 19:13 IST
Ananya Ghosh
Ananya Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Saiyami Kher,Mirziya,Sachin Tendulkar
Saiyami Kher managed her parents restaurant when she was all of 10 (Getty Images)

Sun sign: Cancer
Place of birth: Nashik
School/college: Fravashi Academy, Nashik and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
First break:Mirzya (2016)
High point of your life: Running and completing the full marathon (42km)
Low point of your life: When Sachin (Tendulkar) retired from cricket
Currently I am: Reading scripts and trying to figure out which project I’d like to take up

If not an actor you’d be…

An athlete representing my country or a restauranteur or a singer.

If you had just 10 minutes to get dressed what would you wear?

Shorts, a ganji and sneakers. I don’t take more than six minutes to get ready.

One superpower you wish you had...

I wish I had some kind of a superpower to stop people from fighting.

Three things in a guy that turn you on...

Honesty, humour and humility.

One superstition you still follow...

I never talk about my work until it begins.

You were into cricket. Why didn’t you take that up as a profession?

Modelling and acting started taking up a lot of my time and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t juggle modelling and cricket. But I’d love to do something to promote women’s cricket.

Your favourite memory associated with your cricket days?

The beginning. My school didn’t have a cricket team for girls. So, I brought together 10 girls and tried my best to teach them how to play.

That one thing that you got scolded for the most as a child ...

Everything. Not doing homework, not attending tuitions, getting complaints from the school principal.

The most filmy thing you have done in real life...

I’ve been a diehard Sachin fan. Along with his other fans, I was outside his house, weeping when he announced his retirement.

One thing that many people might not know about you?

I managed my parents’ restaurant when I was 10 years old. And I want to have my own restaurant some day.

One thing you are most likely to be caught doing when home alone?

I’ll be watching a film. Or else, practising stroke with the hanging ball in my living room.

One rumour you would love to start about yourself...

That I’m doing a film with Ranbir (Kapoor) and Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan, which is being directed by Rakeysh (Omprakash Mehra) sir.

One thing about Bollywood that took you by surprise...

Well I always knew it is a very hypocritical world but the degree of hypocrisy surprised me.

The bitchiest thing you have heard about yourself?

I’m not sure if you can publish that. But a close second would be when an old school friend claimed I was out of rehab, though I’ve never smoked in my life and I’m a teetotaller!

Three things we will always find in your wallet...

My house key, driving licence and money.

Your own fan girl moment:

Undoubtedly meeting Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer. I was speechless.

When was the last time you were asked if you are related to Anupam Kher?

This morning. And just for the record, I’m not.

Your epitaph would read...

Smile. It’s always a happy end.


My Favourites:

Movie:Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Abhimaan (1973)

Comfort food: Chocolate, ice cream, pizza and more chocolate

Holiday destination: Ladakh or any clean beach

Book:Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Mobile app: Runkeeper

A song that lifts up my spirit:Yeh Jeevan Hai by Kishore Kumar and Yeh Honsla by Shafqat Amanat Ali

From HT Brunch, February 19, 2017

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First Published: Feb 18, 2017 23:24 IST