Dangal marked the debut of one of the most promising young actress, Fatima Sana Shaikh. She portrayed the role of Geeta Phogat, daughter of Mahaveer Phogat (Aamir Khan). It is quite commendable for an actress to make a mark in a movie which also featured Aamir Khan. According to sources, she is going to play the lead role in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ which also stars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.
Despite winning hearts all over the world on her debut, there were some negative reports concerning her role in the movie. Reports stated that Aditya Chopra was against casting Fatima Sana Shaikh. He was not too keen on casting her because she portrayed the role of Aamir Khan’s onscreen daughter in Dangal.
Fatima reacted professionally to this incident, she said:
I KNEW THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THINK LIKE THIS. I AM AN ACTOR AFTER ALL. SUPPOSE IF I HADN’T ACTED IN DANGAL, AND GOT AN OFFER TO ACT OPPOSITE AAMIR SIR, I WOULD HAVE, OF COURSE, SAID YES. EVEN TODAY, IF I AM ASKED TO ACT OPPOSITE SHAH RUKH KHAN, I WOULD STAND IN THE FRAME IMMEDIATELY.
Following this reply, she stated the reason why the concern will not affect the movie. She added:
WHEN YOU HAVE GROWN UP WATCHING THESE STARS AND ARE FOND OF THEM, YOU WOULD DEFINITELY WANT TO WORK WITH THEM. I USED TO GET DISHEARTENED AND SAD [WHEN I HEARD SUCH THINGS], BECAUSE I THOUGHT, ‘ME PLAYING HIS DAUGHTER IN THE FILM SHOULDN’T BE THE REASON FOR ME NOT GETTING THE PART.’ THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY INSTANCES OF [FEMALE] ACTORS PLAYING MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, AND LOVERS [WITH THE SAME MALE ACTORS]. THAT’S OUR JOB, AND YOU KEEP PLAYING DIFFERENT CHARACTERS FROM DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS. SO, I DON’T HAVE ANY ISSUES.
The shooting of Thugs of Hindostan will begin in July. The film is expected to release in the second half of 2018.