In the remake of Sushmita Sen-Sanjay Kapoor much-loved track Dilbar Dilbar from the film Sirf Tum (1999), helmed for the film Satyameva Jayate, Nora Fatehi brings an Arabic twist. She has been lauded for her scintillating belly dance movies but has also been pulled down with comparisons to the original song.
Not to be bogged down by the comments on social media, Nora in an exclusive interaction with ZoomTV.com says, “They have nothing else to do in their life so that’s what they are going to do. We didn’t make this video for any comparison, we didn’t make this video so that people can say which one’s better, this video was made because there’s a very nice song called Dilbar Dilbar and it was remade and composed to suit our generation and our time. People should just enjoy it.”
There’s nothing in the video that can be compared with the old one, she says adding, “It’s extremely different, it’s not even possible to compare. The performances are different, the genre is totally different, the setup in the video is different the composition of the song is different.”
And for comparisons with Sushmita Sen, Nora thinks it’s as unfair for her as it’s for the actor. “Sushmita Sen is an icon and she’s huge, so to even compare a newcomer with an icon is not fair. Of course, it’s not fair to her either, because she’s worked so hard to create a name in the industry,” adds Nora.
Nora, however, believes that this song is a turning point in her career. “It’s a life-changing feeling. I didn’t expect the kind of response I am getting right now, it’s been a phenomenal feedback and the numbers are just going higher and higher every day. It’s quite shocking, it’s a turning point in my career and I am just grateful and happy to see this happening.”
Having collaborated with John Abraham for the second time after Rocky Handsome (2016), she says it’s always great to work with him. “John is so much fun to work with, he’s very professional. He’s always appreciative of my talent and it’s great to work with people who trust my talent and who trust me as an artist.”
Given that she’s mostly featured in dance-based cameos or songs in Bollywood films, Nora says it’s important for her to create a name and a brand for herself in the industry as she’s competing with both star-kids and other newcomers. “I make my own decisions and that’s the decision I have made career-wise. I knew these are the things that are going to make me popular and will get me noticed in the industry. And being a newcomer at this time, when the competition is very high, I am competing with industry kids, people who come every day to Bombay to find work trying to make it in Bollywood and the already present artists, I am competing with so many people. I am making decisions where I know my talent and name are going to be noticed.”
Nora makes no bones in accepting that star kids will always be prioritised in the film industry. “There will always be more preference for star kids, they will always get better chances but at the end of the day, whatever is meant for someone, it will happen.”
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She doesn’t have specific preferences for the kind of roles she wants to opt for but aims to work with good people. “As long as it’s something incredible, so even if it’s a 5-minute role, I am fine with it as long as I am getting to work with good people. I am at a stage in my life where I just want to work with good people, credible people who respect me and my talent.”
Nora is thankful that she didn’t get a hefty launch right at the beginning of her career as she wasn’t prepared then, but says that she’s ready to take on anything now. “I am grateful I didn’t get a launch or a role that I wanted before because I don’t think I was ready, but now moving forward, I am more ready and prepared to take on roles in a Bollywood film.”
Meanwhile, she will next feature in popular Moroccan singer and music producer Saad Lamjarred’s music video for which she plans to add a Bollywood touch to the song. “Because I love merging different cultures together and I feel if an artist can do that, it’s a great honour.”