Here is what Fatima said when she called for role of Geeta Phogat in Dangal……
“I called them saying I am not the correct person for the role as I don’t look like Geeta Phogat, I don’t look like a wrestler, I don’t think I should do the film,” she said.
“So I gave the audition and forgot about it. After sometime I got a call saying I was shortlisted, I thought there will be 3-4 girls but there were 15. I was disappointed,” she said.
“I met Sanya there and we became friends. She had also auditioned for the role of Geeta Phogat. We used to help each other. We had six levels of shortlisting we had workshop with Mukesh Chabra (casting director), director Nitesh Tiwari, gym, audition with Aamir Khan, physical training and wrestling to see whether we look like wrestlers,” she said.
After several rounds of auditions, Fatima got the role of Geeta Phogat, India’s first female wrestler to win gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“Dangal” is her first big break in Bollywood, but she is not new to the film world. She started her career with Kamal Hassan’s “Chachi 420” as baby girl Bharti. She also acted in various TV serials and featured in small film roles like “Tahaan”, “Bittoo Boss” and “Akaash Vani”, among others.
“I was not getting work even after auditioning for films. So I started working in a studio as a photographer, I assisted a cinematographer for two ads. I was thinking that I will get into photography or cinematography or assist someone.
But then the ‘Dangal’ offer came and I was busy with the auditions,” Fatima said.