Fatima Sana Shaikh became popular even before the audience knew her name. Way back in 1997, she endeared herself to viewers playing Kamal Hassan and Tabu's daughter in "Chachi 420". Years later, she would score her first blockbuster with the 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer "Dangal".
She has lately been seen in films such as "Ludo" and "Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari", and is now gearing up for her next film, the OTT anthology "Ajeeb Daastaans". The actress says she constantly doubts herself, adding that she wants to better herself.
"Every day you go through your own journey of asking questions to yourself. There are your own challenges and weaknesses. You have to overpower them and overcome. You'd cross those and then you have more challenges and insecurities. That is a constant journey. Everyday, there is a new mindset," She added: "Sometimes you feel confident and sometimes no matter how successful you are, (you could be) the most insecure person in the room in spite of your success. It's your mindset at that moment. I am constantly doubting myself but I think that is important for me because I want to grow. If I am being happy with what I am right now I will stop growing. I want to be better."
"Ajeeb Daastaans" brings together four stories that analyse the complexity of human emotions including jealousy, entitlement, prejudices and toxicity, and their after-effects.
What was it like exploring topics like sex, gender, class and patriarchy? "A topic can be anything as long it is said properly in a nice way and beautiful manner. I think stories written well, no matter what they are about, will engage you. If you choose to write on sex, gender or socio economic status -- issues are in everything. It is how you write a story more than the topic," Fatima said.