"Now, I am about to complete standard 10."
Fans were left stunned after an old interview featuring Tamannaah Bhatia resurfaced.
In the video, a teenage Tamannaah is heard explaining that her first acting role came in 2005 with Chand Sa Roshan Chehra.
She said she was approximately 13 years old when she signed the film.
At the time of the interview, Tamannaah said she was 15 years old and was preparing for her exams while promoting the film.
Speaking to a reporter, she said:
“I am studying in school right now. I am in standard 10. I will be taking the exam in 2005. I am preparing for the exams.
“However, when I signed the film I was only 13-and-a-half years old. Now, I am about to complete standard 10.”
Tamannaah was dressed in a blue and orange ethnic outfit and wore heavy earrings. She also opted for glossy lipstick and dark mascara.
The clip stunned viewers as many felt she looked older than 15.
Despite saying she was 15, one fan accused Tamannaah of lying about her age, writing:
“She looks like she’s 20-21. She doesn’t look anything like a teenager. Even otherwise, most actresses lie about their age.”
Another said: “She’s looking 21 here.”
One sceptic viewer commented: “She sounds too mature for her age.”
Believing she is much older than what she says in the video, one person said:
“Hey don’t lie so much, we are seeing a 24 year old.”
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Others began trolling Tamannaah, claiming that she is in the 10th standard as an adult after failing numerous times.
One comment read: “Reached 10th standard after failing 4-5 years.”
“Was it failed 5 times in 9th? It seems 25 years from the face.”
Tamannaah Bhatia has gone on to star in the Baahubali franchise and Lust Stories 2.
She has also co-written a book with Luke Coutinho. Speaking to the author about how she deals with social media hate, Tamannaah said:
“In this journey (in films), there comes a time for everyone, when there is a lot of hate directed towards you and inevitably on social media because it is mostly faceless people literally writing anything they feel like about you, which can be really nasty.
“For me, when that happened to me for the first moment, it took me by a storm and I was very uncomfortable with it because it really made me feel like what’s going on?
“Is something that I have done gone wrong?
“When I spent some time on my own, I literally asked myself ‘Where do you think this comes from?’
“Sometimes there is a lot of moral policing people do, not realising that you are an actor, you are a performer and they expect you to be an idealistic version of something that is ideal in their way, in their head.
“So it is not necessary that what they are projecting towards you is about you, it’s actually about them.”