A lot of people are suffering: Fatima
Whether it’s packing home-cooked food for the needy, feeding the strays, or raising awareness about ‘waste warriors’ in the hills — actor Fatima Sana Shaikh is extending support in whatever way possible during the Covid-19 crisis. She says in times like these, people need to unite for the larger good.
The actor is harnessing the power of social media to spread awareness about not just daily wage workers in the film industry, but also for a group called Waste Warriors, which is an NGO for people who clean up mountains in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
“It’s a tough time and a lot of people are suffering. During such times, we should come together,” adds the actor, who’s spending time with family, besides cooking and cleaning. And that’s where she’s drawing positivity from.
“As a family, we joke around and laugh a lot together. We’re taking precautions and keeping things sanitised,” says Shaikh.
Career wise, the 29-year-old has been cautious. After her much successful Dangal (2016), she took a two-year gap before doing her second film Thugs of Hindostan (TOH; 2018), which didn’t set the cash registers ringing. It was painful for Shaikh, but she was all set to come back with Ludo and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. Things may have come to a standstill now, but the actor is patient. “After Dangal, I was looking for something different and TOH was perfect. But it not working was a different thing altogether. Now, we’re dealing with something like corona. So, from an extreme high to an extreme low, I’ve experienced everything, and I feel that they’re equally important.”
Fatima Sana Shaikh