How Saiyami Kher found positivity in pandemic

The Unpaused actor opens up about ‘Choked’, happenings of 2020, family time, fitness regimen and more

By   |  Published: 16th Apr 2021  4:37 pm

Bollywood actor Saiyami Kher, who was last seen in the anthology film Unpaused by Amazon Prime, gets talking about her critically-acclaimed movie Choked and the happenings of last year — how difficult and bizarre it was.

The 28-year-old actor spoke about 2020 and told that even amidst the pandemic, she was able to find positivity by spending time with her family during the starting phase of lockdown. She said, “I try to look at the positives out of it. I got to spend time with my family.” Talking about cooking and home workouts, she added, “Last year, there was a lot of enthusiasm to do cooking and doing home workouts.” When it comes to professional life, Saiyami felt it was “really great” as she “had three releases last year during the lockdown and will return to shooting by the end of this year”.

Describing her journey so far, the actor shared how she was offered Choked, her love for the film and the character she played. She gave credit to the movie’s director Anurag Kashyap for coming up with something different, both as a character and story. “I am very grateful to Anurag Kashyap for backing me up on Choked because he told me after Mirzya that we are going to do this film, and I didn’t really believe him. He stuck with his word and made the film with me.”

Talking about her character from Choked, she added, “It was a character that was much older than my age and a completely deglamorised role. Only Anurag Kashyap could have imagined me in a role like this. I am very glad that people watched the film and liked my work in it.”

Talking about her fitness regimen during the pandemic, Saiyami says she was blessed to stay at her farmhouse with her parents in Nasik during the tough time, as she was able to continue her running sessions because of the ground available there. The 28-year-old also participated in various virtual fitness sessions with her friends, besides using her new treadmill.

She suggested everyone to be generous and give more time to family, friends, and all their close ones. “We all are going through tough times and we need to be there for each other. Call up a friend or family member and chat with them. Be a little more generous towards everyone, give more share more and, most importantly, mask up and don’t go outside of the house if not necessary.”

Saiyami was part of the recent release Wild Dog, a Telugu film opposite south superstar Nagarjuna, in which she played the character of a RAW agent.

About projects in the pipeline, Saiyami said, “I was supposed to do two OTT shows, one for Hotstar and one for Amazon, but I don’t know when we are going to shoot for it because everything is uncertain. I was also supposed to start shooting for an ensemble film, but again due to Covid times, we don’t know when things are going to start.”

The cast of Kashyap’s critically-acclaimed Choked included Saiyami and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles. The Netflix anthology produced by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment had a cast comprising Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Nushrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Jaideep Ahlawat.


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