When Fatima Sana Shaikh got finalised for Aamir Khan’s Thugs Of Hindostan, there was this whole lotta fuss about how can Fatima play Aamir’s lover considering they shared a father-daughter relationship in Dangal. Some even looked down upon Aamir for being the only superstar to come in terms with this awkward onscreen casting. But guess, everyone who concluded even before knowing what the film is all about, will be in for a major surprise after reading this latest report. Turns out Aamir will not even fall for Fatima in the film for his love interest is going to be none other than the film’s second lead actress, Katrina Kaif. Yes!
A DNA report suggests how Fatima’s role in Thugs Of Hindostan leans more towards action and sword fighting while Aamir falls in love with Katrina as the story proceeds. Reveals the source, “The script of TOH required two actresses – a raw, rough and tough Indian girl who is a part of Aamir’s gang of Thugs and in love with his character and a beautiful British lady with whom Aamir’s character falls in love with. While the Indian girl will be played by Fatima, Katrina plays the British girl. Director Vijay Krishna had said that the role of the girl is pivotal to the film and Fatima was a ‘gifted performer of action’. ” Now does that calm down your emotions against how can an actor play a father and a lover to the same actress? The director further revealed how Fatima is soon going to take up ‘sword-fighting’ to get her act right for the film as he said, “Fatima will learn how to be skillful sword-fighter in the film as her role is action oriented.”
Meanwhile, Fatima remains unfazed by the reaction around her casting as Aamir’s ‘lover’ in Thugs Of Hindostan. She said, “I knew that people are going to think like this. I am an actor after all. Suppose if I hadn’t acted in Dangal, and got an offer to act opposite Aamir sir, I would have, of course, said yes. Even today, if I am asked to act opposite Shah Rukh Khan, I would stand in the frame immediately. When you have grown up watching these stars and are fond of them, you would definitely want to work with them. I used to get disheartened and sad (when I heard such things), because I thought, ‘Me playing his daughter in the film shouldn’t be the reason for me not getting the part’. There have been so many instances of (female) actors playing mothers, daughters and lovers (with the same male actors). That’s our job, and you keep playing different characters from different age groups. So, i don’t have any issues.”