Akashdeep Saigal turns a year older
   By: Chaitanya Padukone
    October 29, 2005

Akashdeep Saigal
Like his Time Bomb co-star, Rajeev Khandelwal, TV actor Akashdeep Saigal decided not to celebrate his birthday ‘dhoom-dhaam se’ today ( Oct 29th). Contrary to his flamboyant image, the stylish Saigal (Ansh of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) believes in being simple when it comes to personal celebrations. 

“Actually I was to fly to Dubai with my Time Bomb cast on Thursday night for the serial promotion. But the plans abruptly got cancelled.

Birthday boy’s dreams

On my birthday I would be shooting for my serial Time Bomb on the sets in Mumbai. As is their custom, there would be an informal cake-cutting formality during the break,” says Saigal who has been busy shooting for his home-production, an Hindi movie Lotus Dreams — A Boy’s Screams, with which he makes his directorial debut.

“Being a workaholic, I have completed over 75 per cent of my offbeat, yet hard-hitting, movie which is mainly about neglected and poor children’s dreams. To make it topical, my movie begins with the Terrible Tuesday floods scenes that ravaged Mumbai city.

My cast actors include Salim Shah (he played his foster father in ‘Kyunki...’), Shakti Singh, Ekta Mukherjee, Meghan, Mandhan and Munna, who have gone out of their way to help finishing the film.

One of these boys plays a chhota tapori character called Raajdhaani who is the fastest pickpocket trained by Salim’s villainous character,” he enthuses.

Isn’t it true that he is hell-bent on casting former co-star Smriti Z Irani who played his mother in ‘Kyunki...’ as one of the central characters? “There is this rich social activist called Indrani who connects with the kids like their guardian-angel in the movie, and it perfectly suits Smriti’s persona. The detailed script has already been sent to her and she has to revert back to me,” says Saigal.

Will he, won’t he?

The actor-turned-director, is in a dilemma whether he should face the movie-camera this time. 

“My script is too tight for me to grab any role and I am okay with the director in me refusing to cast me. But since my ardent fans would be disappointed, I am thinking of having a song picturised on me—-more like a male item number but minus the strip-tease,” he explains with a chuckle.

Will Akash continue to act in the daily version of Time Bomb, once it is taken over by a new production unit? “Although Rajeev Khandelwal has expressed that he would not be interested once the serial changes hands, I have not taken a final call on this issue. But if they are willing to pay my hiked price I may continue. Let’s see,” he says, tossing his long mane with his patented  ‘jhatkaa’.