Never knew I wanted to become an actor until I came to Mumbai: Khatija Iqbal

MUMBAI: Actress Khatija Iqbal made her acting debut with ALTBalaji's "Ragini MMS: Returns". She has been living in Mumbai for over ten years now, but shared, "I never knew I wanted to become an actor until I came here. It felt as if this place wanted me to try!" 

"If not an actor I would’ve finished my business studies and go on to become an entrepreneur but I’m glad I didn’t. Entrepreneurship is easy, acting isn’t, and what I’ve learned through acting, my school did not teach me," she added.

She also admitted that though she did not have inspiration at first, she was motivated by the work of actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu, and Konkona Sen Sharma. She added, "They inspired me to tell the truth as an actor on the most honest and deepest level possible with a touch of your personality because that’s what makes you an excellent actor."

The "Namaste England" actress confessed that she had her share of struggle in the industry, but added, "I won’t call it a struggle anymore, I would say it was like a school teaching me how to become better each day and that’s all I strive for. So there was a struggle, but in a great way!"

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Khatija has also been a part of shows like "Yeh Hai Chahatein", and "Jamai 2.0", but confessed that her favourite role was in "Ragini MMS: Returns". She said, "Playing Sonia Sehgal in the show was my favourite because it was more like myself - bossy, cute, funny - and it was very easy for me to pull off. I enjoyed it the most."

She will also be seen in "Inside Edge: 3". Talking about it, she said, "It’s a no-nonsense show with a great cast and excellent team and it was an honour to work with such hardcore film professionals who know their jobs. I have a cameo appearance in the show. I play a mysterious woman who enters a building and hacks into the system to make a betting deal come through." 

Khatija's bikini pictures have set the internet on fire quite often, asked her the secret to her gorgeous body, she said, "It's simple, eat on time, sleep on time, wake up early, eat just enough and right and then do the exercise that makes you happy! And just live your life." 

But do you think twice before sharing your pictures or videos on social media? "I used to but now I just post for myself as it helps me discover why I want to show what I’m showing and it’s not just about being hot, but confidence too. As a performer how comfortable I am in my skin to be out there," she concluded.

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