Just two films old Disha Patani is going places in Bollywood. Her first Hindi film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story saw her sharing the screen space with Sushant Singh Rajput. In her second project, Kung Fu Yoga she got a chance to work with none other than international superstar Jacky Chain.
But even after gaining so much of popularity within no time when the actress says she never wanted to be an actress, it really comes as a surprise. “Actually, I never thought I would be an actress. I was studying. I was doing my B-Tech. I wanted to become an Air Force pilot. My sister is in the army. My father is a cop. It was an agency which spotted me and said, “Would you like to join us?”. I said, “Ok, for fun.” I was a teenager then. And somehow I started getting work and since then I was working, working and just working.”
Patani was a model before she made a shift to films. Talking about the crossover, she says, “After a point, you have to go from level one to level two and level three. So, I started auditioning for films also. But I didn’t know acting. I never did any (acting) class and anything. I would be so shy in front of the camera. I did not know the ABCD of acting. But since I auditioned so much I got this hang of acting. But, yeah, I never planned anything in life. I never knew I was going to be an actress. Everything just went with the flow,” she told Eastern Eye.
Bollywood is known for giving their females feeble roles while the strongest of characters are reserved for heroes. On being asked how she chooses her parts, Disha says, “For me, content really matters a lot. What I’m doing in the film matters a lot. I just don’t want to be a prop looking pretty in the film. I don’t want to do that because I know that girls are more than just being a prop. They can fight. They can dance. They can do whatever. So, I really want to do something that inspires girls to come out of their closet, do something and be strong. So, yeah, content really matters for me.”
Disha Patani will next be seen in Bhaagi 2, which stars her rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff as the male lead.