Bollywood actress Fatima Sana Shaikh warns us that her humor will not appeal to everyone, but her latest comedy ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’ does not suffer from the problem.
“I have a jar of humor, and if you understand it, that’s fine. But there are some people who degenerate through it all … but believe me there is no jar of humor in ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’. It has wonderful, sharp writing, ‘Shaikh said with a laugh.
We are busy with a Zoom call to discuss her latest satire ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’, which also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Diljith Dosanjh, on 13 November.
Directed by Abhishek Sharma and follows a marriage detective (Bajpayee) who is an expert at digging up dirt about possible grooms and brides. Shaikh plays his fist sister who falls in love with a young man (Dosanjh), who happens to be under her drag brother’s scanner.
The homemade star is trying to make people laugh for the first time in her career. Shaikh is relatively new to Bollywood and has appeared in films including the award-winning wrestling film ‘Dangal’ and the star-studded fantasy spectacle ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’.
“Acting in a comedy was a lot of fun. I do not have to wrestle or fight, because there was no action I had to do … I had a lot of peace and the atmosphere on the plays was great … We cracked a lot during the filming of scenes, ” says Shaikh.
‘Diljith is comfortable with himself … And the other character [Bajpayee] is very chilled and is not as heavy as those he usually does. We all had an explosion. Whenever we sat with him [Bajpayee], we heard so many stories of his journey, where he came from and where he reached … We talked about the time he stopped working and started teaching children … It was wonderful to spend time with someone like he to spend. It’s like some kind of training. ‘
Shaikh remembers that he compensated too much during lectures just to adapt to the fellow actors’ shared experience.
“I felt like they were all such good actors and I got too prepared … Even during lectures I read my rules with such emotions and reactions … I tried so sincerely.”
The actress, who was discovered by Aamir Khan and who had a major film in ‘Dangal’, remembers that she also told director Abhishek Sharma sincerely that she was looking for work.
‘I did not audition for the role, but I came from a restaurant in Bombay [Mumbai] when I came across Abhishek Vyas from Zee [producers of ‘Suraj …] He asked me what happens to ‘Thugs [of Hindostan]”and I said I was unemployed and asked him if there were jobs,” Shaikh said.
The actress follows the code of conduct of veteran actress Neena Gupta. The award-winning actress of the National Award announced on her social media that she is looking for good work in the theater. Usually stars refrain from being about the unpredictability of acting, where work is often seasonal.
“If you do not get a job, just ask. I do not care at all. Every now and then I send texts to directors to remind them that I exist and that I want to work and work with them. They tend to forget because there are a lot of actors like me in the area. ”
Shaikh, who had a spectacular debut with ‘Dangal’ but had to deal with a failure after the release of ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, is surprisingly pragmatic about the debate over nepotism and favoritism plaguing Bollywood.
‘Every person has a different experience, mine was different. I also do not think that this industry is such a bad place and that it will eat everyone alive … This industry has always given opportunities to outside talents … Jackie Shroff got a job, Sunil Duttji got a job. .. they were identified because someone saw potential in it … Look at Shah Rukh Khan, Kangana Ranaut or Priyanka Chopra … it is unfair to label this industry as an evil industry. ‘
Shaikh claims that the industry and his fans embraced her with open arms.
‘Let’s count all the newcomers in the area … Siddhant Chaturvedi, Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Vijay Raaz … There are so many people who matter. Why do we not count them? ”
According to her, nepotism exists in every industry around the world.
‘Which industry does not have nepotism? Look at the family of a lawyer, all the children are lawyers … I have a friend who is a pilot and his father is also a pilot. His father became a pilot of a small town, so imagine him. But my friend’s journey was much easier because everything was mapped out for him … It’s always going to be easy for someone whose parents are in the industry or have some kind of gender. ‘
Shaikh is equally clear that she would also promote her own brother or sister if she had to do so in the future.
‘Why would I not want to protect them? But it is unfair to say that there are no opportunities for outsiders; there’s an outsider in Bollywood every other day … But it’s always hard for any outsider in any industry. ”
She is also disillusioned by the intense contempt of Bollywood this summer following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The actor’s suicide in June has once again sparked debates about nepotism and the toxic work culture in Bollywood.
‘We hear that an internal doctor was bullied by a senior doctor and that they committed suicide, but are we saying that the field is bad? No, we do not … Students commit suicide due to academic pressure, but are we saying that they should stop studying? We do not, do we? There is good and bad in every area. ”
Her mantra of charting her own course in Bollywood is simple.
‘You have to build your own journey and you have to find the positive things, because you know it’s going to be a difficult journey. I knew I was an outsider, I knew it was going to be difficult, I knew star kids were going to get preferred, I knew they would be A-lists before I became one, but I’m still optimistic. Her game plan is: “I will kill them with my hard work.”
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“I do not think Bollywood is going anywhere … Films are an escape and have always been an escape, just like literature. ‘You read a book to escape from our current situation, so I just want people to go see my movie and forget about things going on outside,’ ‘Shaikh said.
Source: Gulf News