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Sunday, July 14th, 2024

Interview: I have been a victim of molestation many times in Delhi Metro – Zoya Hussain

Actress Zoya Hussain, who started her career with a popular film like ‘Mukkabaaz’, has received training in theatre. Her film ‘Magh: The Winter Within’ is being appreciated a lot in film festivals. Recently she was seen in ‘Bhaiyaji’ with Manoj Bajpayee. A special meeting with her. Zoya, who grew up in Delhi, always wanted to become an actress. She says, ‘Since childhood, I was very interested in school’s cultural programs. This is the reason why after finishing school, I joined Delhi’s theatre group. While doing theatre, I got an offer for a film, but since I was in the final exams of my third year of college, it was important for me and my parents that my education was completed, so I refused that film. I came to Mumbai only after completing my graduation.’

The boys followed her home at night

Zoya, who shifted from Delhi to Mumbai, considers Mumbai to be a much safer city than Delhi. She says, ‘I have been molested many times in Delhi. My college was in Dhaula Kuan. Many things like eve teasing, grouping have happened to me. In Delhi, if you go out of the house in the evening, then a fear and anxiety always surrounds you. I have been molested many times in Delhi Metro. It is normal there. In Mumbai, if someone molests you, people will stand up and stand with you. But this does not happen in Delhi. If someone is teasing you or is very close to you, then no one says anything. I live in Gurgaon. There is a mall near my house, the distance of which can be covered in 20 minutes. One day I went to watch a movie in the mall. Some boys had also come there. After the movie ended, when I started returning home, two-three boys started following me. At first I was walking slowly, but when I saw that those people were following me, I started running out of fear. By the time I reached home running, my breathing had become uncontrollable. We were not allowed to go out of the house after evening in Delhi. If I talk about Mumbai, then this city is the safest city not only in comparison to Delhi but in the entire country. Here girls live by sharing flats. They return from work late at night. I have never had any bad experience in terms of security in Mumbai. In Mumbai, my sister and I live alone, so my parents are also at peace that we are in a safe city.

I feel bad when the movie doesn’t work

Zoya, who has worked with Vineet Kumar in Mukkabaaz, was recently seen with Manoj Bajpayee in Bhaiyaji. She says, ‘I learned a lot from Vineet, as far as Bhaiyaji and Manoj Bajpayee are concerned, both have the same dedication towards their work. Working with Manoj ji was amazing. Bhaiyaji is his/her 100th film. I was very nervous in the beginning, but Manoj ji and his/her wife Shabana ji took great care of me. I agree that this film did not do well at the box office. Now every department gives its best while making a film, but I cannot analyze why the film did not get the same response, but yes, it feels bad when the film does not do well.’

Outsiders have to face more rejection

Talking about the process of rejection, she says, ‘I have faced a lot of rejection. It happens a lot with outsiders like us. Sometimes you give three-four months for a role, but you are not told whether you have been selected or not. That hanging around hurts a lot. Then you read somewhere that the role for which you were working so hard has been taken by someone else. Initially when this happened to me, I used to get very sad. You also start wondering why it did not work out? Why did you get rejected? After that it becomes very regular. You have to face so much rejection that you have to accept it. Otherwise you cannot live.’

We friends have made Magh: The Winter Within together

About her upcoming projects, she says, ‘I am waiting for two-three good projects. I am doing a film with Dibakar Banerjee. There is also an OTT movie. I have also done a good film with Aamir Bashir, which is based on Kashmir. The name of the film is Magh: The Winter Within. My role is very emotional and strong. It also premiered at the Busan Film Festival last year and it also won the Best Film Award there. We friends have made this film together.’

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