Actress Saiee M. Manjrekar made her Bollywood debut in Salman Khan’s 2019 biggie “Dabangg 3”. She now looks south, with two Telugu films lined up – “Major” and “Ghani”.
While “Major” is a bilingual biographical drama, “Ghani” is a sports adventure film. Saiee, the daughter of actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, has opened up about her decision to enter the Telugu industry.
“For me, language will never be an obstacle because I want to let my performance speak more. It’s a lesson I learned from my father: for an actor, language should never be an obstacle. It’s the actor’s performance that should do the job, ”says Saiee Manjrekar.
“Major” with Adivi Sesh is a bilingual based on the life of 11/26 martyr Sandeep Unnikrishnan. Saiee Manjrekar plays the role of Neha, wife of Sesh’s character.
“It wasn’t an informed decision (to sign Telugu films), but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. When I read my character in “Major”, I fell in love with him. Some movies you read and you can imagine yourself doing that. The language was secondary. Then “Ghani” also arrived. My parents told me that there is so much going on with pan-Indian films and that wherever a good job is happening I should go, ”she says.
On “Dabangg 3”, she says that starting out in a Salman Khan movie had its advantages. “More than making a Salman Khan film, having him as a mentor is so good. He’s been in the industry and has done it all. So whenever I had a question, I knew I had someone to talk to who was familiar with the industry, ”says Saiee.
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