Fatima Sana Shaikh, who started her career as a child artiste in Kamal Haasan’s Chachi 420, marked her big Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan’s Dangal and the actress recently opened up about her Bollywood journey.
Reminiscing her Chachi 420 days the actress told a news paper, “The first time I ever faced the camera was for Chachi 420. I was five at the time of shooting and didn’t understand what being on set meant. I was just happy to be on holiday with my family in Madras (Chennai), where the film was shot. When you are the only child on the set you inadvertently become the apple of everyone’s eye. I remember being pampered a lot by everyone on the set including Kamal Haasan sir and Tabu. Between shots, they would bring me treats and treat me like royalty.”
Talking about her first day on Dangal’s sets, Fatima said, “I was a nervous wreck during my first shot because it was with Aamir Khan. It was the scene where Geeta comes back from the hostel, rebelling with long hair that her father was always protested against and insisted they chop it short. Her father only makes a remark about in it the scene but he knows it is an act of defiance. We had rehearsed it well before, but I was sure they will regret casting me for their film. Luckily, we canned it in two-three takes. While Aamir Khan didn’t say anything, Nitesh sir walked up to me and offered some words of encouragement.”
Fatima is now looking forward to Anurag Basu’s next and Bhoot Police.
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