From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

Updated: 11 January, 2020 09:47 IST | Nikita Wagh
  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Born on January 11, 1992, Fatima Sana Shaikh was born in Hyderabad to a Hindu father and a Muslim mother. Fatima was only five when she acted with south superstar Kamal Haasan in the 1997 film Chachi 420 as his little girl, Bharti. (All photos/Fatima Sana Shaikh's official Instagram account and mid-day archives)

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    However, you will be surprised to know that Fatima Sana Shaikh hardly has any memories of her first acting experience. "I don't remember much about working with Kamal Haasan sir as I was too small. I remember I had a great time. As a child you are innocent, you don't think about acting, you are just there and do it," said Fatima.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    After Chachi 420, Fatima Sana Shaikh also featured in Ishq, Bade Dilwala and went on to play Jackie Shroff's daughter in One 2 Ka 4 which also starred Shah Rukh Khan.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Before gaining popularity with her role as Geeta Phogat in Dangal, Fatima appeared in various television series and also did bit roles in films like Tahaan (2008), Bittoo Boss (2012) and Akaash Vani (2013).

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh had revealed that getting a perfect launch pad with Dangal was not a cakewalk.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    "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 told PTI in an interview.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    However, Fatima's desire to become an actor was so strong that she did not pay heed to what people thought of her.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima was quoted saying, "I only had acting on my mind. The reason why I used to go for every audition was because I would get to perform in front of the camera, even if the set-up was small."

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    And her determination did not go to waste. Fatima Sana Shaikh savoured overnight popularity and visibility as wrestler Geeta Phogat in Dangal, which starred Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra and Aparshakti Khurrana in pivotal roles.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    But, Fatima Sana Shaikh's struggle did not end after Dangal as well. Even though she has been working with the best of talent since childhood, nothing came to her without a share of struggle.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Her first film was with Kamal Haasan, and then in Dangal, she had Aamir play her onscreen father. Her next was Thugs of Hindostan, which got bigger with Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan sharing screen space for the first time.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    But for Fatima, getting the film was "as difficult" as getting Dangal. 

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    "Chachi 420 happened when I was a child, and then I had to struggle again, I gave so many auditions. All this has come to me, but it came to me with a lot of effort... The struggle never ends. After Dangal, I was back to square one. For Thugs... also, I had to go through multiple rounds of auditions till I got the film. So, we can do several films, but every film will be like a first - at least it is so for me because you start from scratch," said Fatima.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Despite the presence of industry giants, Thugs of Hindostan fizzled out and both audiences and critics wrote it off for its weak storyline and direction.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh has three films lined up and all are of different genres, which will give a chance to the audience to watch the different avatars of Fatima Sana Shaikh.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh will star in Ludo, directed by Anurag Basu, which has an ensemble cast including Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pankaj Tripathi. Produced by Bhushan Kumar and Anurag Basu, the film is slated to hit the silver screen on April 24, 2020.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    After Ludo, she will be seen in Abhishek Sharma rom-com Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, which also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Diljit Dosanjh. The film is likely to release by the end of the year.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh will also star alongside Saif Ali Khan and Ali Fazal in horror-comedy Bhoot Police. However, details of the film have not been divulged yet.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh has done a versatile bunch of films earlier and her upcoming lineup seems like the actress has a varied taste in film genres. 

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Talking about the same Fatima Sana Shaikh shared, "Honestly I don't know what I am good at. I have not done much. But I want to try different things and explore every genre, be it drama, romance or thriller. I don't want to restrict myself. Now, there are so many options for actors to explore. I like to be a part of films which even I would like to see rather than doing movies which I don't enjoy watching."

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    On the personal front, Fatima Sana Shaikh is a fitness freak, she has even dabbled in photography and loves traveling.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    The actress's Instagram handle is also a delight for her followers as she keeps sharing photos and videos of her dancing her heart out. Yes, she loves dancing too.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Another hidden talent of this Thugs of Hindostan actress is - she loves doodling.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Apart from this, the actress is also good at photography and her social media is a testimony of different talents the actress possesses.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Fatima Sana Shaikh has garnered a huge fan base across the nation. She recently breached the 2.2 million followers mark on Instagram and is quite active on social media.

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  • From Chachi 420 to Dangal, Fatima Sana Shaikh has come a long way

    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Fatima!

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Fatima Sana Shaikh started out her acting career as a child artist in Chachi 420, but now she is considered as one of the most promising actresses in Bollywood. Check out her journey

First Published: 02 January, 2018 16:32 IST