Onscreen daughter of Aamir khan Fatima Sana Shaikh made her Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan in Dangal. Fatima says, “The sensation era ended way back. After the ‘Khans’, I don’t think we’ll ever have superstars. Now we all are accessible however earlier the celebrities weren’t. We couldn’t search them on social media or follow their lives. We were able to connect with them through their films and interviews.”
Actress started her journey within the movies as a toddler actor with Kamal Haasan’s 1997 film Chachi 420. “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. 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,” Fatima said.
Strong desire to perform ahead of the camera made me to go for every audition was that I might get to perform in front of the camera, though the set-up was little.
The success of Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, however, made things easier for Fatima as it gave her the option to choose.
I’m happy that post the film and especially after Thugs of Hindostan, I actually have the space to choose,” she says. “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.”