Bold, beautiful, fun, fearless. These are only some of the adjectives, which one can use to describe her. Here’s presenting the many shades of Sana Saeed.
Name: Sana Saeed
Date of birth: 22 September
Place of birth: Mumbai
Zodiac Sign: Virgo and Libra (Cusp)
My parents kept me very grounded, so, acting and working at that age almost felt like it was a hobby.
From playing an innocent 8-yearold in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to the college hottie in Student Of The Year, Sana Saeed has come a long way. She commands the screen with her affable demeanour and sure knows how to work the camera. The world can’t seem to get enough of her, and neither can we. We talk to the actor on her past, present, and future, and what made her choose the entertainment industry. Here are some edited excerpts from the conversation.
We’ve seen you on screen since you were an eight-yearold, but how was life offscreen? Tell us about your most cherished childhood memory?
My childhood was pretty much just like most kids. Apart from the fact that I got to do Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at a very early stage of my career and I did rise to fame at a very early age, everybody at my school and especially at home treated me just like they would treat any other kid. My parents kept me very grounded, so, acting and working at that age almost felt like it was a hobby. My favourite childhood memory would be of playing Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, especially the summer camp schedule because that was one of my favourite times, it felt like I was on this crazy holiday with a lot of amazing people.
My favourite childhood memory would be of playing Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Admired by the public worldwide for your portrayal as Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and now working as an actor full-time, were you afraid it will be challenging to create a new image for yourself?
I don’t treat that part of my life as a different part of me. I did Kuch Kuch Hota Hai when I was young and the fact that I am still working in the entertainment industry is just a step forward. I would definitely say that it is challenging but not in a fearful way. In fact, it motivates me to do better and be able to create a more dynamic image of any role that I would be portraying in the future.
Bollywood is a tricky place where everything is determined by box office numbers. Does failure bother you?
As an actor, I feel like once you have done your best, you shouldn’t let anything, any numbers or any opinions make you feel like a failure. If you took up something and gave your best, then you have already won. I don’t think that the box office number would ever make a difference to me, and that kind of failure does not bother me at all.
A film role you would give up everything to be a part of?
I absolutely loved the role that Natalie Portman played in Black Swan. It is one of my favourite movies, and her character and role would be my first pick.
I did Kuch Kuch Hota Hai when I was young and the fact that I am still working in the entertainment industry is just a step forward.
You have also been a part of the television industry for a while, how different is it from working in a film?
My work on television mainly revolves in the reality TV genre, and what that has in common with films, is that you need to invest a couple of months, give it your all during the shoot, and then move on and explore other new projects. I love this aspect of reality television and films. You get to explore different roles and various genres in a short span of time. For instance, I get to judge my own style show on MTV, but at the same time, I can shoot for a more acting-oriented Amazon Prime show. At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are, and the kind of things you like to do.
“I love spending time with people that are close to me, which definitely puts my family, friends, and my two beautiful cats first.”
If you weren’t a part of the entertainment industry, what career would you have chosen for yourself?
If I wasn’t in the entertainment industry, I would definitely be running an NGO for lions and tigers, or doing something for the felines because I absolutely love them. Even though I am in the entertainment industry, I am pretty sure that in the near future I will be investing my time in that field.
Dance is a form of art which comes quite naturally to you. How did it feel to impress the audience with your moves in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa?
I would say that Jhalak Dikhla Jaa was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, where I got to discover myself as a dancer. I always loved music, and I used to dance in front of the mirror but was never trained. Thus, the show helped me put my skills to test. Moreover, it is always amazing to get appreciated for the things you love to do. The audiences’ response was great, and even the contestants were always encouraging. We got some great remarks and compliments from the judges and hat’s something very dear to me.
I would say that Jhalak Dikhla Jaa was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, where I got to discover myself as a dancer.
When we talk about fitness, it is inevitable to talk about food. So, are you a conscious eater or an absolute foodie?
I am an absolute foodie, but I am also somebody that makes conscious food choices. I really believe that health is everything. All the things that you want to achieve in your life can’t happen without good health. Even when you achieve everything in life, you cannot enjoy them if you don’t have health. I absolutely love exercising and I try to eat food that is nutritious. I also indulge. It is all about creating a balance between nutrition and health. It is just about making the right choices at the right time when your body needs it.
Do you enjoy being single, or are you someone who wants to be in a committed relationship?
I think I would say both, because I am really not somebody that doesn’t enjoy being single. I love the single life, I love that I get to do what I want, go where I want and I am not tied down to anything. But having said that, I would also assume that not being single and having companionship is also good because you need to be in a relationship where you can have all the fun you have, whether you are single or not.
Besides good looks, what are the three important things you are looking for, in a significant other?
The first thing I would look for in someone would be kindness, somebody that’s kind always attracts me. Second would be compassion for all beings, nature, and animals. The third quality would be someone who is motivated to fulfil their purpose in life and is always thriving to be better every day.
The first thing I would look for in someone would be kindness, somebody that’s kind always attracts me.
What’s a perfect date according to you? Any secret you’d like to share on how a guy can woo you without creeping you out?
I absolutely love the beach and my perfect date would be spending the day at the beach. I love swimming in the ocean. A great lunch or dinner would also do, but it should be by the beach.
It is said that the key to a man’s heart is through his tummy. What we’d like to know is, what would a man have to do to impress you?
I am genuinely very attracted to people that are kind. If I see somebody that is genuinely caring, I am always humbled and super impressed with them. Thus, the key to my heart would be kindness.
What are you like when you are not in front of the camera and away from the glitz and glamour of the reel world?
I am a super relationship-oriented person. I love spending time with people that are close to me, which definitely puts my family and my friends first. I also love spending time with my two beautiful cats. When I am not shooting, I usually go and play with my friends’ babies or take my niece out. I absolutely love the people in my life.
I am genuinely very attracted to people that are kind.
TAKE Y OUR P ICK
A beach person or a mountain person: Beach person
Dancing or acting: Acting
Dogs or cats: Cats
Sunrise or sunset: Both
Sleep in or rise early: Sleep in
Give up music or gym for a month: I’ll give up music if I had to
Favourite movie dialogue: Kuch kuch hota hai Anjali, tum nahi samjhogi
Favourite cheat meal: I love pasta
Favourite piece of clothing in your wardrobe: Everything white is my favourite
Favourite choice of poison: Chocolate