Fatima Sana Shaikh opens up about her ‘Chachi 420’ days; says,”I was treated like royalty”

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Fatima Sana Shaikh is known for her performance in the blockbuster film ‘Dangal’. However, very few people know that the actress had also featured in the 1997 super hit film ‘Chachi 420’ as a child actress. Sharing her experience of working in ‘Chachi 420’, Fatima said that she was the only child on set and was treated like royalty.

Reminiscing about her ‘Chachi 420’ days, Fatima told a leading newspaper, “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 ma’am. Between shots, they would bring me treats and treat me like royalty.

Back then, I just wanted to enjoy whatever was happening and then go out to play,” shared the actress.

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Comparing that experience to her ‘Dangal’ experience, 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 it in 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 the 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.

Having wrapped a schedule of Anurag Basu’s next in Bhopal, Fatima has been extremely excited to mark her first collaboration with Saif Ali Khan and Ali Fazal in their upcoming horror comedy ‘Bhoot Police’ which is slated to release in 2020.

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