The actor is back on telly after a three-year long hiatus
The actor, best remembered for her role as a pilot in Saara Akaash will be playing mother to a six-year-old girl in Udaan. And Sai is only too happy to play one, now that she has a three-year old daughter. “I had taken a conscious break from acting to take care of my baby girl. Now she is grown a little, so I can manage both. Also, Udaan appealed to me because it’s not structured as a typical saas-bahu serial. When Gurudev Bhalla (producer) narrated the story to me, I had tears in my eyes. I may not have reacted the same way earlier, but now that I am a mother I was completely moved,” says Sai.
The serial focusses on the mother-daughter bond in the backdrop of the girl being contracted to bonded labour even before she is born! Says Sai, “The story is inspired from a real incident and that makes it even more poignant. Also, while acting with children, it was difficult to detach myself. I would see my daughter in every child.” And, though it’s a mother’s role, Sai says that there are many dimensions to her. “She is not always goody-goody, she gets angry and aggressive with her daughter but later feels bad and apologises to her, sometimes when she is frustrated, she takes it out on her child. I must say all this came naturally to me,” smiles the actress.
Two years ago, Sai along with her actor husband Shakti Anand had produced a serial Mujshe Kuch Kehti Hai —Yeh Khamoshiyan, which went off air within three months of its launch. Ask her what went wrong and she just suffices with, “When a show doesn’t do well, I guess everything goes wrong.” She is now gearing up for the release of her Marathi film Sata Lota… Pan Sagla Khota that she has produced.