"they don’t think outside of what’s in front of them."
Nora Fatehi stated that filmmakers do not want to cast her in lead roles because they are not looking past “four girls”.
She made her acting debut in the 2020 film Street Dancer 3D.
However, Nora is mostly known for her dance numbers in films, such as ‘O Saki Saki’ from Batla House.
She has admitted that it has been difficult to convince filmmakers, not because she is a dancer but because there is a shortage of filmmakers who are willing to take a chance on her.
Nora explained: “I don’t think because I dance is why they don’t want to cast me.
“Our main iconic heroines in Bollywood have been dancers who perform beautifully. And they excel in dance numbers, right? That was just a part of the package of being like an iconic heroine.
“I don’t think it was because of that. I think it was always, oh, I don’t know.
“It’s almost like let’s see who will take the chance on her [on me] and if she delivers in all the categories, meaning, the acting skills, the presence, the aura, the ability to express the language skill, then we’ll all jump on the opportunity.
“So I think it was who would have got the balls to do it first, to take a chance on me first. I think that was what everyone was waiting for.”
Accusing filmmakers of casting the same four actresses, Nora said:
“Today the industry has become very competitive.
“Let’s be realistic. There are only a few films a year.
“And sometimes what happens with filmmakers is they don’t think outside of what’s in front of them.
“So if only four girls are doing films, and they’re going in rotation, and all four are getting projects nonstop, the filmmakers will only remember those four, they won’t think beyond that.
“So your job is to try to intercept the four and become five and get into rotation and then that’s just how the ball rolls.
“And yeah, I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s happening. And I’m very grateful for that.
“I just have to prove myself, so I can stick around. That’s the next challenge.”
Speaking about her next film outings, Nora Fatehi said:
“So I’ve been only shooting films this year. It’s been crazy, back-to-back firms, and as lead roles, it’s happening now, a lot of them will be releasing next year.
“I’m particularly excited about one or two projects right now. And I’m really lucky.
“You know I’ve been waiting for so long to be cast as a lead in a film. And this year, they’ve just happened back to back so so quickly, and thankfully, in different genres.
“So one is a comedy with Excel films. One is a family drama film. I’m very, very, very excited about that one. One other one is an extreme action sports film. And now I’m doing two Telugu films as one of the leads. And yeah 100% is not happening anymore.”