After an outstanding performance as Geeta Phogat in Dangal which made her a household name, Fatima Sana Shaikh is set to star in Thugs of Hindostan.
The hunt for the leading lady in the movie saw names like Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor pop up. Fatima too had to audition many times before bagging the role, but she didn’t mind it. “It doesn’t matter because you are giving your 100% every day. And you will only feel good once you go back home knowing you have put in so much effort,” she said to a leading daily.
Was she waiting for a big film like Dangal to come her way? She revealed, “No, it was nothing like that. I wanted to do a good film that I would be excited about, regardless of how big or small it may be. You have to be excited about something [in a film]. With this film, everything fell into right place; it’s like a perfect movie. I was waiting for a script that’s exciting. I gave so many auditions for this film because I really wanted the part. If there’s something exciting, I would do anything for it.”
On whether she feels the pressure to live up to expectations and Fatima states, “My problem is that I put a lot of pressure on myself regardless of anyone else doing it or not. All the time, I’m worried about everything, but that’s good because it pushes me to do my best all the time. I don’t slack off. You should keep a little pressure on yourself in life. When you get such good things after working hard, you value them more.”
Fatima had auditioned for TOH the same way she did Dangal. Was she expecting it to be easier post-Dangal? She replied, “I don’t think so. Your writer, director, or producer has to be convinced about you, or until they see the character in you. And if they are auditioning you and if you also want the part, then what’s the harm in it? If I want something, I would like to prove myself. If I really want to do a film, and it requires me to audition for two years, I’d do it.”
Does Fatima want to be the next big star on the horizon? The actress revealed, “I don’t function like that. I have been acting since I was a kid and have struggled a lot, so my thinking has never been like, ‘Oh, once I grow up, I have to be the biggest superstar heroine’. I used to just think, ‘Today, I am going to this audition and I wish I get this ad film; and I should give my 100%’. And that’s how I have always worked.”
Actresses nowadays want to do solo female-oriented movies. What about her? “Honestly, I am not thinking about such things. When I was doing Dangal (2016), I only had that film in hand. Now, I only have Thugs [Of Hindostan] and it will consume a lot of time. So, I don’t have any space left to accommodate anything else in life. It’s a huge opportunity for me and if I don’t do well, or fall short in front of Aamir (Khan) Sir or Amitabh (Bachchan) sir, it will be very bad. So, I have to give my 1000%. They have shown faith in me. I shouldn’t look odd, at least in front of them. I just have to give it my all again,” she concludes.