The year 2011 is poised to turn out well for beauty queen-turned-actor Sayali Bhagat. The actor, who began her Bollywood career in 2007 with The Train: Some Lines Should Never Be Crossed, co-starring Emraan Hashmi and Geeta Basra, will be seen in four projects this year.
On being asked why she has done very few projects till date, Bhagat, who was in the capital for a promotional event, said, “I don’t want to do films just for the heck of it. I want the movies I do to have substance. I want to do good mix of movies rather than stick to just one kind of films.” Speaking about her upcoming films, Sayali says, “I will be seen in Naughtty@40 with Govinda, Rajdhani Express with Leander Paes, Shout opposite Rajneesh Duggal and a horror film called Shunya with Shiney Ahuja.”
Asked if she was apprehensive about working with Shiney Ahuja, who was recently embroiled in an alleged rape case, Sayali says, “I feel Shiney is a wonderful guy. Whatever happened with him is really unfortunate. I hope he comes out of the controversy.”
Bhagat seems to be totally in love with Dilli ki sardi. She says, “I love Delhi’s winter. One really longs for such weather in Mumbai. I studied in Nasik and it used to be quite cold out there too. Also, I just love the fake smoke that comes out of your mouth when it’s cold. Apart from the winters, I completely love Delhi’s fashion and roadside food.”
Interestingly, this former beauty queen is even looking to buy a property in the capital. Confirming the same she says, “Yes it is true. I really want to buy a house in the capital and I am hunting for a good deal. You know many of my relatives stay in Vasant Kunj and since I’m a family person, I will be looking for a property near that area only. Having said that, let me make it clear that I am not looking to settle in the Capital permanently.”
Moving on to personal front, we ask this 27-year-old if she is seeing someone and pat comes the reply, “I am single and ready to mingle (laughs). But to be frank and honest, I want to be in love and to be in a stable relationship at this point of my life.’
Sayali and Shoaib Malik’s ‘love’saga
Sayali Bhagat was dating Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in the year 2008. At the time, Sayali was quoted as saying, “We need more time because we are just getting to know each other.” They met at a store opening in Delhi in 2007 and kept in touch via email and occasional phone calls. She even revealed that Malik makes special trips just for her and showers her with attention.
But days after the news of Sania Mirza marrying Shoaib broke out in 2010, Sayali said, “I was never seeing Shoaib. I met him when we both had signed a film together. When a film rolls out, there is always gossip about the lead pair seeing or dating each other and that happened to both of us too. Though the controversy was not true, I enjoyed the attention. What I am facing today is the price of publicity. I was dating someone else when the rumour of Shoaib and me broke and my relationship was affected.”
Shiney’s movie Har Pal still stuck
Apart from Shunya, which is being produced by Pooja Bedi, actor Shiney Ahuja’s also has another release called Har Pal which is likely to release this year. The film, starring Preity Zinta and Ahuja is complete and has been delayed because of the court case following allegations of criminal assault made against Ahuja. “I would have liked the film to be released earlier. But the producer has put in his money. He would like to release the film at the right time,” filmmaker Jahnu Barua was quoted as saying.