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Pihu Sand Interview: “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a warm and wonderful person”

Actress Pihu Sand is all set for her upcoming film Fanney Khan. The film is a remake of the Belgian film Everybody’s Famous. The film features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkumarr Rao in lead roles. Directed by Atul Manjrekar and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Fanney Khan is scheduled to release on August 3.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, Pihu Sand speaks to us.

Q: Tell us something about your casting process for the film?
Pihu: I had auditioned for the role around two years back. The casting director of the film Mukesh Chabbhra shortlisted around 20 other girls and I was lucky enough to be one of the. We were then made to undergo few workshops and a series of shortlisting. Director Atul Manjrekar too did few workshops and improvisations with us and I eventually got selected to essay the character of Lata Sharma in the film.

Q: How is the film Fanney Khan different than the recently release film Secret Superstar because both of the films are based on the theme of singing?
Pihu: Fanney Khan is absolutely different than Secret Superstar. In this film, the father is so supportive of her daughter’s ambitions unlike the way it was in Secret Superstar. Also, the character in that film was in school and I am a college student in Fanney Khan. So, there are a lot of dissimilarities and Fanney Khan is different than Secret Superstar.

Q: How was the experience of working with actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan?
Pihu: I unfortunately don’t have any scenes with her. But, I met her on sets and she is an extremely warm and wonderful person. She is so lovely. I have always danced on her songs in my life.

Q: Fanney Khan takes on the issue of Body Shaming. Did you ever face any body shaming in your life?
Pihu: Yes, I used to be bullied for my weight in my school. I have had experiences of body shaming and I used to cry and feel sad. But, I had an extremely supportive family and friends who were my strengths. They loved me the way I was and I didn’t used to bother much. I dealt it in my own way with the support of my friends and family.

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Q: What is your message to the people who face body shaming?
Pihu: I think one must understand and be clear about what they want to do in their life. If you are clear about it, no one can stop you. I love the quote by actress Priyanka Chopra – “Confidence is the best accessory that you can wear”. I also feel that one should not loose weight to look thin and good. One should loose weight to be healthy and fit.

Q: How much do you relate with your character of Lata Sharma in the film?
Pihu: I can relate to a large extent with my character. I always wanted to be a singer and extremely passionate about it like Lata. In fact, Anil Kapoor who is playing my on screen father in the film is so supportive just like my father. I share a warm and a good bonding with my father. I always feel free to talk about my problems or anything in my life with him.

Q: What next after Fanney Khan? Any limitations or inhibitions you have as an actor?
Pihu: I haven’t signed any other project as of now. I cannot comment on limitations or inhibitions because it is just my first film now. I am learning a lot of things. Of course, I would like to do a lot of films but it has to be a good script, director etc.

Q: What kind of response are you receiving on your social media accounts?
Pihu: The response is overwhelming. I witnessed a slight increase of around 200 to 300 followers. I have been receiving a lot of messages and calls from my family and friends. So, I am just absorbing all the love and warmth from everyone.

Q: Any particular actor or actress you would like to work with in future?
Pihu: I would love to work with Ranbir Kapoor. He is an amazing actor. I also love Vicky Kaushal and I am head over heels with his fabulous performances. Among actresses, I love Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt.

Q: If not an actress, what other profession you would choose?
Pihu: If not an actress, I would probably be a chef. I love cooking and want to open a restaurant in future. In fact, I cooked chicken at home and took it to office for everyone.

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