Nora Fatehi has made shocking revelations in an interview, faced bullying in her initial days in Bollywood
A few years ago, nobody knew of Nora Fatehi. Despite a popular song in the massive hit Baahubali and a Bigg Boss stint. But, in the past few months, Nora Fatehi has become a household name, owing to the record-breaking success of her track Dilbar-Dilbar in Satyameva Jayate. And her latest track O Saki Saki from the film Batla House has made waves. The song not only became a sensation but introduced Nora as the next big thing in Bollywood. Today, she’s not only looked at as a dancer but also as a performer.
Nora, who made her way to India from Canada recently opened up about how traumatic the auditions were for her initially. Nora shared her struggles and talked about how she was poked at because of her Hindi.
Nora Fatehi shares her struggling stories of Bollywood auditions
In a recent interview, Nora Fatehi opens up about being bullied and struggling in Bollywood. She said, “Life for foreigners in India is very difficult. We go through a lot and people don’t even know. They take our money. It’s happened to me. I remember my first agency who got me here from Canada. They were really aggressive in terms of behavior and I didn’t feel like I was guided the right way. So I wanted to leave them and in order to do that, they told me ‘ we are not going to give you your money’ And I lost 20 lakhs at that time, which I had made from my ad campaigns. But I thought sacrificing it would be for a bigger picture.”
“I had to share an apartment with 8 girls. I walked into this apartment, I was shocked and I was freaking out. My roommates stole my passport, I had to leave India and go back to Canada for a while,” she further adds.
Casting once told Nora Fatehi; We don’t need you here, go back!
Nora also spoke about getting bullied because of her language barrier and her nationality. “I started learning Hindi but the auditions were very traumatic for me. I wasn’t really mentally prepared and I made a fool of myself. People were really unforgiving. They wouldn’t just be mean, they would laugh in front of my face as if I’m some circus. They would bully me. It was humiliating. I used to cry while traveling back to my home. There was this one casting agent who once told me, ‘We don’t need you here. Go back’. I’ll never forget that.”
Nora further went on to share that while she is able to laugh at all this now, she had a tough time dealing with it five years ago. She looks back at how she used to cry on her way back from auditions. “Right now, I can laugh at this with my friends. But at that time, I would on my way back home, I would sit on a rickshaw and cry, like howling…”