"It was nothing like that. I had the biggest slap in my face."
Nora Fatehi is known for her sensational dance numbers but her early days in Bollywood were a struggle.
In an interview with Anas Bukhash, the Canadian emotionally recalled the trauma she experienced as well as meeting “evil people” in the industry.
On her initial days in India, Nora explained:
“We were so excited and so naive. When I reached India, it was nothing like (what I had imagined).
“I was thinking I’ll get picked up by a limousine and a butler, and they’re going to take me to a suite, and I would go to my auditions in that limo.
“It was nothing like that. I had the biggest slap in my face.
“The bullying, the rejection, the traumatic experience that I went through.”
She continued: “If someone had told me that these are all the things I was going to go through – You’re going to meet evil people, they’re going to steal your passport, you’re going to get deported, you’re going to go back to Canada and people are going to laugh at you.
“How do you go from a developed country to a developing country?
“You’re going to go back to India, you’re going to fight, learn the language, and you’re going to meet people who’re going to laugh at you on the way, they’re going to laugh in your face.”
Nora also revealed that casting directors would call her for auditions and give Hindi dialogues, knowing that she is not Indian.
“They would start laughing together, high-fiving each other.”
She would think to herself: “How f*****g dare you, wait till I leave. Don’t do it in front of my face.”
Following her revelation, Nora Fatehi admitted that it pains her to think about the other aspiring entertainers who have given up on their dreams because of the “vicious” world.
She stated that losing hope is the worst thing that could happen to an aspiring entertainer.
“I think that any girl or even a guy, who had gone through all that, would have been shattered.”
“They would have lost hope. If a human loses hope, it’s the worst thing.
“I keep thinking that even if 50 per cent of the things that I went through if a girl or a guy went through, it would have been one more person in the world that we would have lost.
“They could have been a great person, a person who made an impact, a difference in the world.”
Since opening up about her struggle, fans have sent positive messages to Nora.
Nora Fatehi has gone on to become one of Bollywood’s best-known dancers.
She has shined in music videos for the likes of the ‘Saki Saki‘ remake and the recreated ‘Dilbar’.
Nora has now performed for the upcoming music video for ‘Chhod Denge’, striking a gorgeous look.