Model Saiyami Kher had been in the news because of her photoshoot for Kingfisher calender 2012 of which Nathalia Kaur was also a part. She was again in the news because, she is now making her screen debut with the Telugu film Rey which also marks the debut of Sai Dharam Tej, nephew of Chiranjeevi, as hero.
Rey is being produced and directed by YVS Chowdary, who had introduced Ram and Ileana to Tollywood with Devadasu. Initially, Shubra Aiyappa, an NRI, and Amrutha Patki, who made her debut with the 2010 Bollywood film Hide & Seek, were the female leads..
The film was launched on Vijayadasami day in 2010 and was stalled in August 2011 because of injury to Sai Dharam Tej. The shooting of Rey has been resumed but both the heroines have been replaced with Saiyami Kher and Shraddha Das.
Saiyami Kher, a niece of Tanvi and Shabana Azmi, says that she is happy to make a debut with a good Telugu film rather than accepting a bad film in HIndi.