Fatima Sana Shaikh
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Fatima Sana Shaikh (born 11 January 1992) is an Indian film actress. She is known for her works in Hindi-language cinema and television. Shaikh appeared as a child artist in films such as Chachi 420 and One 2 Ka 4. In 2016, she portrayed Indian freestyle wrestler, Geeta Phogat in the sports drama film Dangal.

Early and personal life

Fatima Sana Shaikh was born on 11 January 1992 in Hyderabad and raised in Mumbai. Her mother, Raj Tabassum, is from Srinagar, and her father, Vipin Sharma, is from Jammu. She has stated that while her father was a Hindu and her mother was Muslim, Shaikh identified as atheist. She has indulged in photography prior to becoming an actor.

Career

Shaikh began her career as a child artist in Chachi 420 and One 2 Ka 4. Years later, she played Zoya in the Indian drama film Tahaan, which received "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009.Shaikh was selected for Nitesh Tiwari's biographical sports film Dangal along with Sanya Malhotra, who had never acted before. Shaikh was chosen to portray Geeta Phogat. To prepare for her role, she watched several videos on wrestling to understand "how wrestlers move, walk, their body language". Both Malhotra and Sheikh went through five rounds of auditions, physical training and workshops with Tiwari and Aamir Khan. They were trained by coach and former wrestler Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi. Released in 2016, Dangal received critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing Indian film ever with earnings of more than ₹2,000 crore (US$280 million) worldwide.She played Zafira Baig, a warrior-archer Thug in the epic action-adventure film, Thugs of Hindostan. Shaikh will be featuring in a Hindi remake of Tamil movie Aruvi. The Hindi version is being produced by Applause Entertainment.
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