After working in Indie films like The Unforgetable, Cash and Curry and Exitz, British-Pakistani actor, Sophia Hayat, has set her eyes on Bollywood. Her first foray is already being shot with Udita Goswami.
“I was contacted via email by a producer. I deleted the mail thinking it was some weirdo. Then, an actor friend from the UK contacted me and said he was also in the film,” says Hayat.
When asked about her chances of making it big in Bollywood, Hayat retorts, “In Bollywood, you don't have to be a good actor, in fact, most stars are just good looking.”
Hayat has also written a tell-all autobiography, which talks about her troubled childhood.
“At a very young age, I was sexually abused by my uncle, and bullied at school. My father regularly beat up my mother, and we had very little money. At 19, my mother kidnapped me at knifepoint. If you think of what I went through by the time I was 19, it is a lot to happen to someone that age. I could have written the book much earlier,” she points out.
In the last three years, Hayat has sung at shows for UN Gurkha troops stationed in war-torn countries like Afghanistan.
“Due to popular demand, I sang Bollywood songs like Kabhi kabhi… and Hume thumse pyaar hai... Gurkhas love Bollywood. Music transported these brave men back to their homes, family and childhood, if only for a moment,” she says.