Seeza Saroj Mehta, who made her debut as young Suji in Jawan, opens up about working with Shah Rukh Khan and Atlee.
Jawan is on its way to becoming one of the highest grossing Hindi films of all time, rewriting record books. While the lion’s share of credit for the success has gone to the film’s star Shah Rukh Khan, other actors have also found their space in the spotlight. One of them has been the film’s only debutant – child actress Seeza Saroj Mehta, who plays Nayanthara’s daughter Suji in the film. In an exclusive chat with DNA, the young actress talks about her experience filming Jawan and how ‘Atlee uncle and Shah Rukh uncle’ kept her entertained.
Seeza’s character in the film has been appreciated by fans despite her brief screen time. The Pune resident, who is class III student, says she ‘always wanted to be an actress’. Perhaps a bit too young to understand the magnitude of her film debut, Seeza has only nice things to say about her experience of working in Jawan, even how she had to balance school work with shooting. “I would carry my schoolbooks to the set and study there,” says the 8-year-old.
Seeza comes from a non-film background. Her father works in an IT company and mother is a homemaker. The only connection with the cine world is her older sister, who is also an actress. Despite the novelty, Seeza says the experience was a pleasant one. “Everyone was so nice to me on set. Atlee uncle gave me chocolates whenever I did a scene nicely. He was the nicest to me.”
But of course, Seeza reserves special praise for her ‘Shah Rukh uncle’, who kept her entertained during the breaks in between shoots. “The most fun was Shah Rukh uncle. He would play catch with me on set.”
Having tasted success and adoration in her first stint in front of the camera, the young actress is now hungry for more. “I love acting and will continue to do more films,” she says, but adding that she will focus on her studies too. For now, Seeza is content basking in the praise that is coming her way for Jawan.