Up close and personal with Nora Fatehi on dance, films and social media
Born and bred in Canada, Nora Fatehi’s lineage can be traced back to Morocco – a land where the East meets the West. That explains why actor/dancer/singer Nora Fatehi’s charisma is global.
Nora made her debut in the HIndi film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014), and gained popularity in Telugu cinema with item numbers in films like Temper and Kick 2. She’s also starred in Malayalam films, Double Barrel and Kayamkulam Kochunni. What won her massive fans are her sensuous and groovy item numbers in Bollywood like Manohari (Baahubali: The Beginning), Dilbar (Satyamev Jayate), O saki saki (Batla House), Kamariya (Stree) and Ek toh kam zindagani (Marjaavaan), besides her recent hit Garmi with Varun Dhawan in Street Dancer 3D.
But Nora’s not only about sizzling moves. With her sharp sensibilities, she enjoys a strong presence on social media (13.5 million followers on Instagram). Where she urges her followers to be more aware, more humane.
During an interview with an Indian magazine Filmfare, Nora said her videos on social are humorous and made in a comic spirit to make people laugh.
She has become the most followed Moroccan artiste in the world. She said she has been particular her social media since day one – even before entering the industry.
“I’m an extremely creative person. My social media pages, including my YouTube channel, are my gateways to project my creativity and talent to the audience. It’s my platform to make people laugh through my comedy, to show off new dance skills, while also educating people about world events and spreading awareness. I’m driven to entertain and showcase my talents. I’ve always believed I don’t need to wait for someone to give me a platform to showcase that. I should create a platform for myself. That’s why I work so diligently on social media. It’s a borderless world, where one reaches out to just about anyone in the globe. I’m blessed to have such a multicultural and diverse following.”
She said she believes in herself and know the right people will always work with her.
“I feel thankful that I’m a celebrated artiste in India and in other parts of the world. It shows that it doesn’t matter where you are from. It’s the hard work, dedication, talent and earnestness that counts. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. I hope that inspires people. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
On a question that how would she like to be known - as a beautiful dancer or an actor, she said why should one be known for only one trait?
“Can’t I be known for both? While growing up, I was never considered a good dancer due to my lack of training. However, I worked on myself and became a good dancer. I still work on my dance every day because there’s so much to learn. An artiste can be multidimensional. One should be able to celebrate an artiste for his/her multiple skills. I will be known both as a great actor and dancer by the end of my journey for sure.”