Actress Fatima Sana Shaikh reflects on her successful year, marked by acclaimed films like “Dhak Dhak” and “Sam Bahadur,” acknowledging both satisfaction and a competitive spirit. However, she emphasizes the importance of reframing the concept of competition, steering away from its negative connotations.
When it comes to selecting roles, Fatima relies on her instincts, opting for projects that excite her holistically—from the script’s quality to the director’s vision. “I trust my instincts when it comes to project selection. I look for roles that excite me, considering aspects like the writing and the director,” Fatima shares. While deeply immersing herself in role preparation, she clarifies that once filming concludes, she easily transitions out of character.
Portraying a diverse range of characters, Fatima recognizes the broader impact of variety in roles. She highlights the significance of playing different characters in fostering awareness and empathy for diverse perspectives. “Playing various roles is helpful because it makes you aware and empathetic towards others, people who don’t come from your world or industry. You gain understanding, sensitivity, and acceptance,” she explains.
Addressing the evolving industry landscape, Fatima discusses the increasing acceptance of actresses portraying diverse roles. “That liberates me. I don’t want to limit myself out of fear of non-acceptance,” she asserts. Her stance reflects a commitment to breaking free from traditional expectations and embracing a more inclusive approach to roles.
In recognizing the inevitability of insecurities in the industry, Fatima advocates for a positive approach to competition. “Insecurities are natural in this profession, but don’t let them hold you back. Be competitive in a positive way,” she emphasizes. Dismissing the notion of undermining others for personal success, she encourages a mindset focused on self-improvement over comparison.
Fatima dismisses the idea of undermining others to succeed, emphasizing a positive approach to competition. She encourages self-improvement over comparing oneself to others, viewing competition as a means of personal growth, stating, “Being competitive doesn’t require harming others. All you have to do is improve upon who you were the day before. Competition should be seen positively, focusing on self-improvement rather than negative feelings.”
As she continues to navigate her career, Fatima Sana Shaikh maintains a forward-looking and positive approach, embracing healthy competition and personal growth in the dynamic world of cinema.