She broke into the scene after starring in a prominent role in the hit web series Sacred Games, and Iranian actor Elnaaz Norouzi is now slowly moving towards finding a footing in the film industry. She, however, reveals that it is not going to be an easy road for her.
On whether she fears getting typecast as ‘the exotic looking actor’ in Hindi movies, Elnaaz says, “Well, yeah, I can say that it’s pretty tough not to be an Indian or not to be from a Bollywood family and try to make it here.”
The 27-year-old, who made her big screen debut in Indian cinema with Punjabi film Khido Khundi (2018), is ensuring that she’s taken seriously as an actor. She adds, “You have to be extremely hard-working and adjusting. I can definitely say that one has to work way harder to be able to stay relevant as an outsider.”
The success of her web series did translate into a positive career push for Elnaaz, who admits that “I’ve been getting many offers since Sacred Games but I decided to be choosy and make the right decision for my film in Hindi, which I will commence shooting in October,” she says.
Meanwhile, Elnaaz has also signed her first Tamil film, an espionage thriller Jana Gana Mana, which will be directed by I Ahmed. “It’s always good to expand and try new markets, especially when you get such a great offer. It’s an amazing script and has a fabulous star cast. I love learning new languages and it’s a great challenge,” she adds.
So, has she permanently shifted base from Hannover, Germany to India? “Yes, Mumbai is home now, for me.”