Baatein Kuch Ankahee Si‘s Vandana aka Sayli Salunkhe exclusively shared her journey into acting, the testing phase of her life and more in ETimes TV‘s segment Tellyblazer. Sayli was just in 12th grade when she decided that she wanted to shift her focus to acting and make a career.

I wanted to be a performer and wanted people to know me from my work

I started my journey with Marathi shows and then came to Hindi, my first show was Mehndi Hai Rachne Waliand then slowly I went on to Spy Bahu and then Sadiip Sikcand gave Bohot Pyaar Karte Hai as lead and now I have come to Baatein Kuch Ankahee Si.

It was a huge achievement for me as I wanted to be a performer and people to know me from my work. There is still a lot of excitement with the show.

Sayli Salunkhe: There was a phase when my father asked me to make a choice and I chose acting

Fortunately, my journey into the Industry has been smooth

I feel I am fortunate that my journey into the industry has been quite smooth. I have seen how many actors experience a lot of ups and downs but fortunately my career has only grown smoothly. I have learnt a lot from all the stalwarts in such a short span of it.

I got Mehndi Hai Rachne Wali during lockdown

The transition from Marathi to Hindi was quite easy for me. I remember when I was doing Marathi shows, everyone used to tell me that I should try Hindi shows, films and web series. But I didn’t have that confidence initially. For me, work was work irrespective of language or platform. All of a sudden I auditioned for Mehndi and it clicked. I had two offers and I chose Mehndi. It was a lockdown phase when I got the show and I feel Bappa has been with me. I don’t think I will quit any of the mediums be it Hindi or Marathi Industry.

As a kid, I wanted to become a choreographer

I was in 12th grade and after my boards, I was completely into dancing. I was three since then I have been dancing so I had a dream to become a choreographer. That is when I went as a background dancer for a theatre show. Looking at their rehearsals I also felt that I should act. Then I had a phase where my father gave me two choices and I chose to act. My father supported me in my journey and he always said, ‘Make your passion your career.’

My father helped me a lot to enter the Industry

We have nobody in our family who came from this acting, so my father helped me a lot to enter the industry. He contacted people who were associated with the Industry. I experienced a lot of things when I began the journey. We searched for an acting school, I joined the theatre. A lot of people are unaware of Theatre even today. So all these experiences happened only because of my father’s support.

That one incident changed my life completely

Sayli opened up about the turning point in her life, “I wouldn’t want to share, but yes there were many such phases. There was one incident that happened at a very young age and my father gave me two options: one was wrong and one was acting. I thank Bappa for giving me sadbuddhi to choose acting. You know, at the tender age you don’t know what to do and you go on the wrong path. Luckily my father and Bappa showed me the right path and I focused on acting. That one incident changed my life completely.

I had given up and was ready do take up any project

When there is a gap between two shows, it completely depends on how long you wait for the other show. All my friends asked me to wait. I wanted to do a lead only after Bohot Pyaar Karte Hain, but I didn’t want to sit at home without work. An actor’s patience also ends and I did have such times when I felt like I should stop waiting and take up anything that comes my way. My friends and people around me motivated me and told me that I was on the right track and I shouldn’t give up. At a point, I actually gave up and was ready to take up anything that came my way but then luckily Baatein happened.

The break shakes an actor mentally and financially

Yes, the break shakes an actor mentally and financially as you don’t know how long are you supposed to wait for the right role. When you are continuously acting and suddenly it stops, the person is not in the right mental phase. When there is work, you want holidays but then for me, those 6 months of the gap were enough to experience the other side. You break as there is a lot of confusion on what to do and what not.

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