Sajal Ali: Bollywood was never my dream

Sajal Ali reveals how she'd never dreamt about working as an actress in Indian Film Industry.
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Pakistani actress Sajal Ali, who played a rape survivor in her Bollywood debut "Mom", says she had never dreamed of acting in the Indian film industry.

Speaking about her role as 'Arya' in the Sridevi-starrer, Sajal said: "It was definitely a challenging role... I mean any character you play, you have to really commit to it and kind of naturally become like that, at least that's how I function.

"I think the most challenging part was performing with Sridevi ma'am. Like my very first scene in the movie is me sitting at a dining table across from her and misbehaving with her -- it was terrifying!" Dawn quoted her as saying on Wednesday.

"We had to shoot in Georgia and it was freezing cold... So yeah, that was pretty tough too," Sajal said.

Sajal said: "Bollywood was never my dream, in all honesty. I was happy working here and that was not something I was working towards but this story moved me. 

"I always knew that if I worked in Bollywood, I have certain limitations and boundaries that I would not want to cross and this movie was about a sensitive topic, everything was handled so tastefully."

The actress is all praise for her co-star Sridevi, who plays her mother in the movie. "She's just the sweetest person. Even now, she keeps calling me and reminding me that I'm in her thoughts."

Sajal said she had three film contracts with Boney Kapoor, Sridevi's husband and a producer in Bollywood. 

"But now I don't know what's in the near future. They handed me the complete package on a silver platter: a meaty character, an excellent cast, the best of the best and for that, I'm forever grateful...

"Everyone's sending me messages telling me they're proud of me, it's just the best feeling, knowing everyone appreciates your work, including critics from across the border."
 

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can't wait to see the film on Friday

she actually looks like she could be her daughter. good casting.

Watched it for they third time tonight !

Isn't this the same girl who was with Fawad Khan in Pakistani movie Behadd? Damn she grew up in 5 years.

I thought I was sitting in some film institution. Great movie.

Are you all saying she was acting? I think she was just being herself. Sridevi is an emotional person and she also lost her mom while shooting for Lamhe. Maybe it brought back some sad memories. By the way I heard Lajawab and not Najawab.

I'll get to watch the film tomorrow with my family. I hope the hype is worth it. As long as its not a masala pointless movie and the actors can actually act then I'm happy.

go watch it! i did here in Toronto- it will be worth your time- take tissues

dd from Toronto

go watch it! i did here in Toronto- it will be worth your time- take tissues

dd from Toronto

Hi Sajal.. you were outstanding in MOM... Sri, you and Nawaz were my top performers in the movie... rest all also did fantastic work.. Congrats...

Awww.. whoever this girl is she is very good looking and sweet

brilliant actresses from both sides of the border. hope to see more from both

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