Fatima Sana Shaikh is known for her versatility and the varied roles that she plays effortlessly on screen. In the much-awaited Netflix anthology film Ajeeb Daastaans, the Dangal actress plays a bold and strong young bride who has her moments of vulnerabilities, stuck in an unhappy marriage. Always yearning for love and attention, her character of Leepakshi has diverse characteristics and is multi-layered.
Helmed by Shashank Khaitan, the short film Majnu also stars maverick actors Jaideep Ahlawat and Armaan Rahlan. Majnu is the tale of a young married couple who are clenched in a battle of affection, not with or for each other. And then enters a young new male employee, whose arrival leads to a series of ‘ajeeb’ events.
Talking about her character in the film, Fatima Sana Shaikh says—
My character Leepakshi is very different from myself or any other character I have played before. I would like to think I am brave like her, but fortunately, I have love in my life, unlike her. Leepakshi is very aggressive and doesn’t have any inhibitions. I, on the other hand, am full of inhibitions. My character can go to any extent for attention and playing games whereas I wouldn’t. It was definitely a challenge playing someone as uninhibited as Leepakshi.
Talking about the film, Ajeeb Daastaans, it brings together four out of the ordinary stories that plunge into the complex themes of fractured relationships, and human emotions such as jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, toxicity, and their effects. The film brings together some of the country’s finest talent with some stellar filmmakers, actors and technicians. Ajeeb Daastaans is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment and directed by a team of remarkable directors – Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani.
The film is all set to release on April 16, 2021 on Netflix. The talented ensemble cast comprises of Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul and Tota Roy Chowdhury.
I am super excited about this one and sure can’t wait to see what the makers have in store for us!