I have mostly got offers to play a rich spoilt brat or a vamp on TV. Another disadvantage that I have is that I am too tall. I have done splits while shooting Tere Shaher Mein. Whenever I bag a role, I just pray that my co-star is atleast 6 ft 2 inches
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The acting bug caught me when I saw “Lamhe” as a child. It was my favorite film. I used to watch it on repeat and absolutely fell in love with Sridevi in Pallavi’s role. I was so obsessed that I convinced my parents to take me to Rajasthan for a month-long holiday — I shopped for all the lehngas I could lay my hands on. That’s all I wore for that month when I was pretending I was “Pallo”. I gave my family a rude shock when, in the middle of a camel ride, I asked to get off. I started randomly singing and dancing to “Morni baaga ma bole” —in a lehenga of course. In fact, a grand-uncle of mine who I stayed with in Jaisalmer still calls me “Pallo” and I have a sneaking suspicion he doesn’t know my real name!
I used to practice alone. Whenever my father came home, I used to hide all my music instruments and open a book and act as if I was studying. Every parent needs a proof, and I proved that. I practiced a lot. After DID, everything changed. My father and mother were happy after that and told me, ‘You do this only. This is what you were born to do.’
‘Kaka’ in Punjabi means a small little baby. When I came into films, I was called ‘Kaka’ because I was young and small and with a bit of respect they added ‘Ji’. That’s how the world famous ‘Kakaji’ was born.
When Baig and Kenny were on their way back at tea-break, a girl of around 20 in a frock ran out of the North Stand and intercepted Baig on his way back. In Baig’s own words, “I was returning to the pavilion at tea when this girl jumped the fence and kissed me”. A startled Vijay Merchant, commentating on All India Radio, complained: “I wonder where all these enterprising young ladies were when I was scoring my hundreds and 200s”.