Fatima Sana Shaikh says she has faced rejection a couple of times in her career. In a recent interview, she spoke approximately how she was once not thought to be worthy of turning into a movie heroine because she didn’t appear to be Deepika Padukone or Aishwarya Rai.
Fatima, who made her movie debut with Aamir Khan’s Dangal, earned critical acclaim for her role in the movie. It also went on the turn out to be the most successful Hindi movie ever made.
Alternatively, she had to face numerous rejection before she landed on the role. Speaking to Pinkvilla, she said, “I used to be told many times that ‘you would never be a heroine’. You don’t appear to be Deepika, you don’t appear to be Aishwarya. How can you be a heroine?’ So there are people like them who will demotivate you. But now when I look back, I think, ‘reasonable enough’. That’s the usual of beauty they subscribe to. That one must look precisely like this or that to turn out to be a heroine. And I clearly don’t fall in that bracket, I fall into a different bracket. But there are opportunities now, there are films being made for people like me, who don’t appear to be supermodels, who look normal, average.”
Fatima also opened up approximately the sexism she had to face in the early days of her career. She even revealed that sexism runs so deep in society that she was once molested when she was once just three years old. “I have faced people telling me that the only way to receive a job is through sex. In order that has also happened to me. I have missing jobs to someone else for whatever reason. But I feel that there are numerous struggles that numerous people are facing with the exception of this industry and sexism is very much applicable and it exists in each and every industry. I used to be molested when I used to be five years old. No! I used to be three years old. So you know the way deep sexism goes. It’s a battle we fight on on a regular basis basis. Each and every woman, each and every minority fights each day. And I’m hoping our future is better,” she said.
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Fatima will soon be seen in two back-to-back releases: Ludo and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. In a recent chat with Hindustan Times, Fatima revealed the real reasons she took up the films. “I never think of it as me wanting to check out a different genre. Of class lesson, I do wish to experiment with different roles so it’s more approximately how interesting the project is to me. Like with Ludo, I wanted to do the movie as a result of Dada (Basu) and with Suraj Pe Mangal, as a result of the amazing star cast. There are such a lot of actors and all of them are so good. From Manoj sir to Seema Pahwa, Manoj Pahwa, Annu Kapoor, Diljit, Supriya Pilgaonkar…I intent it’s a heavy duty cast. And then Abhishek, who has made Tere Bin Laden, so comedy is his object. So I felt like I wish to be part of it because it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t realize when I can get to work with Manoj sir again so I had to hop into it,” she said.
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