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
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
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.
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’.