20th March, Mumbai: Actress Sheeba Akashdeep has recently joined the cast of Fateh which stars Sonu Sood and Jacqueline Fernandez and the actor is excited to be part of the film. Speaking more on the film and his role, she says, “I heard the story narration from Sonu Sood and I found it to be very interesting as it encompasses all of India. The film shows the progress of metro cities and the cultural roots of Punjab. The colour palette, plotlines and Fateh’s entire journey as a character was extremely exciting. My part of the story happens in Punjab where I play a simple hardworking Punjaban.”
Speaking more about the national hero Sonu Sood and his selfless work during COVID, Sheeba says,” I started interacting with him a lot during the COVID times and I can guarantee that I have never seen a more selfless, hardworking individual person than him in my life. He is genuinely available to anybody and everybody. There are times when I called and said that a stranger needs blood in some hospital and he would pick up the phone and call the patient to say he is going to donate blood for him and that he will be fine. You could call him at 3 in the morning and he would still pick up the phone and help solve your problem. Especially for his NGO, the Sonu Sood foundation, he is constantly ready to help whether it’s regarding education, medical or any need and it’s outstanding what he’s doing.”
Sheeba was well known in the 90’s film era and has been part of some great films. So how was that time as an actor?
“The 90’s was a very exciting period as I had the privilege to work with Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Suneel Shetty, Mithun Chakraborty and Rajnikanth. Sunil Dutt Sahab introduced me to Hindi films and it was a wonderful time. Filmmaking was like one big happy family. We all got to see each other’s family and eat our meals together and it was so relaxing. I enjoyed my journey with all the films I did, whether it was Hum Hai Kamaal Ke where I played a boy (a rickshaw driver) or Ye Aag Kab Bujhegi where I was a girl who was burnt for dowry which is a commonly discussed topic in our country. Then I did a movie with Rajnikanth called Athisaya Piravi that had him in a double role and he is one of the most wonderful Co stars to work with. Coming from a non-film background and getting to work with all these wonderful people was absolutely unforgettable. I got married at the right time and had my children and took a sabbatical for the longest time.”
Speaking about the current scenario of the industry, Sheeba shares her take. “This is a great time for actors. There are plenty of mediums and languages to choose from. There are roles for every age group and are no longer hero or heroine centric. I look forward to doing a lot of work, whether it’s in film or television or OTT.”
Sheeba has recently started working in Ekta Kapoor’s popular show Naagin 6.