Fatima Sana Shaikh: I was molested when I was three years old

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Back in the 90s, actress Fatima Sana Shaikh worked as a child artiste in films like ‘Chachi 420’ and ‘One 2 Ka 4’. Later the cute actress did cameos in some films. And finally, in 2016, Fatima made a comeback in a lead role with Aamir Khan‘s ‘Dangal’.

The 28-years-old actress is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film ‘Ludo’. Ahead of her film’s release, Fatima recently opened up about how she was told that she would never be able to become an actress. The ‘Dangal’ actress also shared a horrific incident from her life.

Fatima, in an interview with Pinkvilla, shared, “I was told many times that ‘you would never be a heroine’. You don’t look like Deepika(Padukone), you don’t look like Aishwarya (Rai). How will you be a heroine?’ So there are people like them who will demotivate you. But now when I look back, I think, ‘fair enough’. That’s the standard of beauty they subscribe to. That one should look exactly like this or that to become a Heroine. And I clearly don’t fall in that bracket, I fall into a different bracket. But there are opportunities now, there are films being made for people like me, who don’t look like supermodels, who look normal, average.”


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The actress also spoke about how sexism exists in every industry. Sharing about how she was molested very early in her career, Fatima further shared, “I have faced people telling me that the only way to get a job is through sex. So that has also happened to me. I have lost jobs to someone else for whatever reason. But I feel that there are a lot of struggles that a lot of people are facing apart from this industry and sexism is very much relevant and it exists in every industry. I was molested when I was five years old. No! I was three years old. So you understand how deep sexism goes. It’s a battle we fight on everyday basis. Every woman, every minority fights every day. And I hope our future is better.”

On the work front, apart from Anurag Basu’s ‘Ludo’, Fatima also has Abhishek Sharma’s ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’ in her kitty.

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