Top Southern actress Sadha Sayed is hoping that Khalbali opposite Nikhil Dwivedi will provide her with the big break she needs to get into Bollywood after a string of big movies down south. She sees Bollywood as her next big challenge. “I like to live up to challenges,” she says, “Besides, I am not here for stardom, but for doing good work. Stardom has been an incentive for me, never the motive.”
Sadha is originally from the Mumbai area so the language won’t be a problem and Marathi is her mother tongue. On the contrary, she struggled at first to overcome the Telegu and Tamil languages and accents but now sounds like a local. Being a high flyer academically, she was originally destined to become an engineer before being approached by a South producer to make a movie in Telegu. “I had never imagined that they would consider me for films, because that was something I had never considered,” she explains.
Down South, her hits include Jayam, Mona Lisa, Anniyan, Unnale Unnale and Classmates. The first steps in her Bollywood career, other than Khalbali, include Dil to Deewana Hai, Click with Shreyas Talpade and Love Khichdi. “In Click, I play a model and in Khalbali, there are lots of songs, so I get a chance to put on some make-up and look glam,” she adds.