Yami Gautam gets talking about Total Siyappa, her upcoming film directed by E. Niwas

Yami Gautam is very excited about her upcoming film Total Siyappa. “I think it’s the kind of script that will enthuse the audience just as Vicky Donor did. Nobody thought that a ‘sensitive’ film, if any at all, could be made on sperm donation. But it changed people’s outlook. With Total Siyappa, I think people will look at India-Pakistan relations from a fresh perspective,” says the actress whose first Hindi film released two years ago. Nonetheless, Yami has been an actress with a very high recall value because of her brand endorsements and television commercials. “Yes, it’s been a dream after the debut. I hope I can relive it again with the latest.”

Total Siyappa is a film produced by Neeraj Pandey (who earlier directed thrillers such as A Wednesday and Special 26) and is directed by E. Niwas (who earlier directed Shool and Love Ke Liye Kuch Bi Karega). The film talks about the romance between an Indian girl Asha (Yami) and a Pakistani boy Aman (Ali Zafar). Their proposed wedding is smooth, but all hell breaks loose once the country identity of the boy is revealed.

“I play a zanier character than the one in Vicky Donor, but I am definitely more in control than my reel family. After the hullabaloo they create over my suitor’s identity, someone needs to keep that rising mercury in check! Honestly, I think it was a great learning experience working with Kirronji (Kher) and Anupamji (Kher). Ali too is a wonderful actor. I have had a good time shooting for the film,” she says.

“While the movie deals with what people of the two countries feel about each other, it has been treated in a fun way. We have made a good laugh-worthy film dealing with love without belittling any issue,” says the actor. The ever-smiling Yami says that her siyappa moment is when anyone refers to her as Yummy or anything close to that. “C’mon, Y-A-M-I, how difficult can that be?” she laughs.

Yami has one more big release this year. Prabhu Deva’s Action Jackson with Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha. “While at the moment I am doing Hindi films, I am, as always have been, open to interesting scripts in regional cinema too. I may have been born in the North, but I am from the South!” she smiles.