A lot of peo­ple are suf­fer­ing: Fa­tima

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - CITY - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com n

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

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