Saira Banu’s grandniece Sayesha makes Tollywood debut


Legendary actress Saira Banu’s grandniece Sayesha Saigal is all set to make her acting debut. She has been roped in for a Telugu film, by the famous director V V Vinayak. She would be sharing the screen space with the Tollywood actor Akhil Akkineni. Earlier, actress Amyra Dastur was to appear in this film. But it is now confirmed that Sayesha would be playing the lead female. Akhil announced the project on Twitter, “Finally v found our heroine opp Akhil. Sayesha Saigal. Wishing both my actors all the good luck. Shoot starting soon. Excited to see all the fans on 14th. Having a big launch and we are all set to shoot from 16th. Vinayak garu is very confident and so am I”. Sayesha was supposed to make her acting debut with Bollywood. Ajay Devgn had signed her for his upcoming ‘Shivaay’. But the film has been indefinitely delayed and now the gorgeous actress will step into Tollywood.

Sayesha is the daughter of actors Shaheen and Sumeet Saigal. Shaheen is the daughter of Saira Banu’s brother. Shaheen has appeared in a couple of films in the 90s. Shaheen came in news some time ago when she was linked with Salman Khan. At Diliip Kumar’s 89th birthday bash last year, it was revealed that Salman used to date Shaheen when the two were in college! Father Sumeet Saigal has done about 30 films. He has worked with famous actors like Govinda, Sanjay Dutt and Mithun Chakraborty.

Grandmother Saira Banu is happy with the career path Sayesha has opted. When Sayesha was chosen for ‘Shivaay’, Saira had expressed her happiness in an interview, “Sayesha is a lovely girl, well-versed in all styles of dancing...If she makes it in Bollywood, I will be happy for her.”

The Telugu film Sayesha would be appearing in hasn’t been titled yet. The film is a production of Nithiin and Sudhakar Reddy. Sayesha would be making an exciting debut, as she is working alongside a very well known face in the South Indian film industry. Akhil Akkineni is the son of the veteran actor Nagarjuna Akkineni. He has previously appeared in two films, but not as the lead. He worked as a child artist in the 1995 ‘Sisindri’. He then appeared in ‘Manam’ last year in a cameo role. He has even modeled for the famous designer Tarun Tahiliani. But his talents do not end here. He is a successful cricketer too and has played for Telugu Warriors in Celebrity Cricket League.