Fatima Sana Shaikh is known for the versatile actor she is and the varied roles she plays with much ease on screen. In the upcoming Netflix anthology film Ajeeb Daastaans, she plays a brave and strong young bride who has her moments of vulnerabilities, stuck in an unhappy marriage. Always vying for love and attention, her character of Leepakshi has multiple facets and is very layered.
Accompanying Fatima are maverick actors Jaideep Ahlawat and Armaan Rahlan appearing together in the short film Majnu, directed by Shashank Khaitan. Majnu is the story of a young couple who are caught in a battle of affection, not with or for each other. Entry of a young new male employee leads to a series of ajeeb events. Talking about her character in the film, Fatima Sana Shaikh said, “My character Leepakshi is very different from myself or any other character I have played before. I would like to think I am brave like her, but fortunately I have love in my life, unlike her. Leepakshi is very aggressive and doesn’t have any inhibitions. I, on the other hand, am full of inhibitions. My character can go to any extent for attention and playing games whereas I wouldn’t. It was definitely a challenge playing someone as uninhibited as Leepakshi.”
Ajeeb Daastaans brings together four unusual stories that dive into the complex themes of fractured relationships, and human emotions such as jealousy, entitlement, prejudices and toxicity, and their effects. Bringing together some of the finest talent in the country, the film is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment, directed by a team of remarkable directors – Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani – and is set to release on April 16, 2021 only on Netflix. The talented ensemble cast comprises of Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul and Tota Roy Chowdhury.