However, the Covid-19and the subsequent lockdown put the shoot on hold. “I began my career with Rey in 2015, so I was all gung ho about acting in a Telugu film again. But the pandemic brought the film to a grinding halt and suddenly I found myself holed up at home in Mumbai, waiting endlessly for the to resume,” she recalls. However, Wild Dog was among the first Telugu films to resume shoot post lockdown and Saiyami says it was an incredible experience. “We went to Manali to shoot and the view was spectacular. It felt great to be on sets and outdoors after a long time,” says the actress.
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And while the action sequences and shooting in exotic locales were a draw, Saiyami admits that the prospect of working with Nagarjuna is what got her most excited. “I was so nervous when I joined the sets because I didn’t want to mess up my takes, but Nagarjuna sir made me feel so comfortable with his humbleness. He is very intelligent and well-versed on various topics, so our conversations were always interesting,” she says, adding, “He’s one of the fittest actors on the block. Shooting in freezing temperatures of Rohtang La, which is known for its bad weather, was a huge challenge but Nagarjuna sir gave us a run for our money. He was extremely calm. I’ve become his fan girl now.”
Looking back at 2020, Saiyami says she’s grateful for the opportunities she has gotten. “This year has taught me to be grateful for things that I have and I wish to take this gratitude forward into the next year as well,” she says, signing off.