Veteran film personality Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter Saiee Manjrekar entered Bollywood with Salman Khan's Dabangg 3 in December last year. Since then Saiee has been missing from the big screen. However, ending the wait, the young actress has confirmed joining the cast of Mahesh Babu-produced Major. The film starring Adivi Sesh in the lead is based on the life of the late NSG (National Security Guards) Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who attained martyrdom during the 26/11 Taj Mahal Hotel attacks.
Talking about signing Major, the one-film-old Saiee told a leading daily, "I was looking for a character who would leave an impact on the overall narrative and at the same time, offer me an opportunity to explore myriad emotions as an actress. And that’s what the script of Major offers."
Honoured, humbled and excited to be a part of the braveheart, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s biopic. It’s a film based on the NSG Commando, who fought with utmost bravery in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Can’t wait to join the cast and start shooting next month! #MajorTheFilm @adivisesh @sobhitad @sonypicsprodns @gmbents @urstrulyMahesh @aplussmovies @sashikirantikka
Major, which will release in Hindi and Telugu simultaneously, is directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka. Speaking of Saiee, he said, "Right casting is the base for good direction. When we watched her work in Dabangg 3, we knew she was the right choice."
Before the lockdown was announced, the team of Major reportedly shot for nearly 50% of the film in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Now, the work is all set to resume in Hyderabad next month where Saiee will be joining the cast and crew of her first bilingual film. Stating the challenges of shooting for a film based on a real-life incident, Sashi said, "None of us were present at the spot, but it was the big news for several days. The challenge lies in bringing authenticity to our imagination and projecting it as a feature film rather than a documentary."
Recalling the bomb blasts, Saiee added, "I was quite young and barely understood what was happening, but deep down I knew something wrong was being done to us and was curious to know what exactly was going on regardless of whether I could comprehend it or not. I will never forget the sight of people bleeding and crying on TV with the sounds of guns blasting and explosions going off."
Major, produced by Mahesh Babu, also stars Sobhita Dhulipala.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror/Instagram)