I grew up on film sets: Zoya Afroz

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Zoya Afroz (right) has played the lead role in two films, but her con­nec­tion with Bol­ly­wood goes back to when she was five years old. She had worked as a child ac­tor in films such as Hum Saath Saath Hai (1999) and Kuch Naa Kaho (2003).

“There is noth­ing bet­ter than learn­ing things in front of the cam­era and shoot­ing through­out. Work­ing with an ace di­rec­tor like Sooraj Bar­jatya was su­per awe­some. I got re­ally good train­ing. I have grown up learn­ing on sets,” says Zoya. The 23-yearold ac­tor, who was re­cently seen in Sweetey Weds NRI along­side Hi­mansh Kohli, feels that a new ac­tor might not be as pre­pared for a film as a child ac­tor can be. “Some­one who has just started wouldn’t know what to do. I know how things work, so when I go on sets, I am more con­fi­dent and I know what to do or not do,” she says.

Zoya’s de­but film, The Xpose (2014), which starred Himesh Re­sham­miya, failed to do well at the box of­fice, but this has not de­terred her con­fi­dence.“I knew what I was get­ting into when I signed The Xpose. That film has given me recog­ni­tion. Ac­tors can’t re­ally pre­dict what hap­pens at the box of­fice. I will keep try­ing, and push­ing my luck,” she

says.

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