Fatima Sana Sheikh opens up on her Bollywood struggle!

Fatima has revealed that it was no cake walk for her to get the perfect launch pad for a glamorous debut as she was constantly reminded of the fact that she did not have the looks of a Katrina Kaif or Deepika Padukone.

Fatima Sana Sheikh opens up on her Bollywood struggle! Fatima Sana Sheikh opens up on her Bollywood struggle! Source : press

Fatima Sana Sheikh made a power-packed debut alongside Aamir Khan and Sanya Malhotra in Dangal. The film made Fatima an overnight sensation and a name that began to reckon in every household! Post which; the actress signed Yash Raj's magnum opus Thugs of Hindostan, which also featured veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, apart of Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif, though the filmed tanked miserably at the box office.


And today; Fatima has revealed that it was no cakewalk for her to get the perfect launch pad for a glamorous debut as she was constantly reminded of the fact that she did not have the looks of a Katrina Kaif or Deepika Padukone.


The actress who started her career as a child artist in Kamal Hasaan's Chachi 420; revealed, finding work was becoming increasingly difficult for her. The actress was quoted saying," I have been a child actor. I quit but making a comeback after that was difficult. I was not getting any work. People used to tell me I don't look like Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif."


She further said," They said, since I didn't have the looks of a heroine, I should do whatever I'm offered. There have been many incidents where I was told that I was not good enough. I only had acting on my mind. The reason why I used to go for every audition was because I would get to perform in front of the camera, even if the set-up was small."


Speaking about how life has changed post her stint in Dangal; Fatima said," Before Dangal, I never had the chance to choose my projects. I even did Dangal because that was my only option at that time. Every actor goes through this. That's how things function. But I am happy that post the film and especially after Thugs of Hindostan, I have the space to choose."


The actress; who does not believe in planning too much, also feels that the is no specific formula for success. Fatima said," There is no single rule that applies to everyone. But now there are so many opportunities because of Netflix, Amazon and other platforms. Influx of different mediums has given actors a lot more options. Where I want to reach it might take two or maybe six years. But I am happy that at least I'm on my way. Before ‘Thugs...' I was a very competitive person I would keep a check on who is wearing what and what they were doing. But I realized everybody has a different fate and there is no point in following anyone's journey."


Fatima concluded her statement saying that the superstar era has ended long back. The only ay actors of her generation can survive will be though good work. "The moment we do good work, we get appreciation and when we don't things go the other way. Actors like Deepika have been in the industry for so long, but it is now that people have realized she is a very good actor because of her choices."


On the professional front; Fatima will now be seen alongside Rajkumar Rao in Anurag Basu's yet-untitled next!



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