Monday, 29 November 2021

Dabangg 3’s Saiee Manjrekar: “Salman sir teases me”

BOLLYWOOD: Saiee Manjrekar’s earliest memory of being on a film set involves Maggi. She was just four when the young actor, who makes her debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabbang 3, was hiding in her father and director-actor Mahesh Manjrekar’s (Vaastav: The RealityAstitva) vanity van so she could eat noodles. A few years later, as she watched her father direct her mother and Marathi actress Medha in Natsamrat was when Manjrekar’s fascination with acting was born. “He was shooting a scene where my mother had to hit someone and cry. As soon as he called ‘cut’, she was next to me talking normally. I found that very fascinating, and wondered how she just did that. It was after this that I began observing tiny things on sets and that was when I knew that this was what I wanted to do.”

Her parents saw her interested in films and acting as a passing fancy but when Manjrekar finally told her parents she wanted to study theatre as a subject in college, they knew she was serious about her future plans. “My dad was ecstatic but my mom asked me if I was sure.” She took a gap year before going abroad to study so she could, “watch more plays, do voice training and I joined dance classes again and began training with Saroj (Khan) Masterji.”

In March 2018, Manjrekar was handpicked by Khan to star alongside him and Sonakshi Sinha in the third installment of the uber successful Dabbang franchise. “My character, Khushi, is very innocent, sweet and loveable and I think Salman sir saw those things in me as a person. I don’t think he even knew I was interested in acting, he just wanted to do a screen test to see how I would look. They did a few screen tests and I think I did fairly well.”

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