Mumbai: Actress Fatima Sana Shaikh recently revealed that she was molested when she was very young and that has made her realize how it’s a tough world for a woman and one has to fight sexism every day here.
In her recent interview with Pinkvilla Fatima said, “I was molested when I was five years old. No! I was three years old. So you understand how deep sexism goes. It’s a battle we fight on an everyday basis. Every woman, every minority fights every day. And I hope our future is better, she said.
She said that she remembers telling people how she looked like a certain top actor and, therefore, she was considering getting films. “I have told people that the only way to get me a job is through sex. So the same thing has happened to me. I have lost jobs for someone else for whatever reason.”
Fatima said she can see how the industry has changed to welcome people like her who look like the common man and not like Aishwarya Rai or Deepika Padukone.
The actor said that she understands the standard of beauty that the industry has subscribed to, but has also met people who wanted to cast actors who make viewers feel average and more trustworthy.
“When I look back, I think, ‘appropriately enough’. That is the standard of beauty they subscribe to. To be a heroine that is how it should be. And I clearly don’t fall in that bracket, I fall into a different bracket. But there are opportunities now, there are films being made for people like me, who don’t look like supermodels, who look normal, average,” she explained.