Anjum Fakih speaks about her struggle

Anjum Fakih has made a place for herself in the entertainment industry. She is currently seen in Kundali Bhagya. However, the journey has not been so easy.

In an interview, the actress opened up on how she had to leave her home to pursue a career in showbiz and how her parents wouldn’t talk to her for over a year. She said, “My family was quite strict and conservative, and even watching TV was taboo in our house. Finally, when I was in Class 9, my father bought a television set after much persuasion. In fact, my grandfather did not visit us for two years because we had a TV at home! My father wanted us to be well educated. So, in 2009, when I told them about my decision to quit studies and pursue modeling, they were very upset. It was almost like there was an earthquake in my house, and they said that I would have to leave home if I wanted to enter showbiz. I put away my burqa, packed my bags and left home.”

About life in Mumbai, she said, “I started working as a sales executive in stores, selling perfumes. Those days, I used to walk from Bandra to Andheri to give auditions. I did not have money but never called my parents for support. There used to be a food joint on Carter Road and the uncle there would feed me veg pulao every day, free of cost.”

On how her family didn’t keep in touch with her initially, she said, “It was an assignment in Goa, which required me to wear a bikini. When I informed my family about it, all hell broke loose. For one year, they did not keep in touch with me.”

She added, “Slowly, my parents began to understand my career, and they are happy to watch me on screen now. They are probably happy to see me in a salwar kameez on TV now (laughs!). It’s all so good now, that my mother even stays with me.”

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