Elnaaz Norouzi: Sacred Games did not open the way for me, there was still a lot of struggle | Web series
Actress Elnaaz Norouzi says she has had to contend with many prejudices so far in her career.
Actress Elnaaz Norouzi rose to fame when she played the role of an aspiring actor on the web show Sacred games. With so much recognition for the show, it must have turned things around for her. But this is not the case.
âOf course people remember me from that show. But even if they think Sacred Games opened the way for me and opened all doors for me, it hasn’t. I always feel like there has been a lot of struggle. It’s not like there’s no struggle right now, âshe tells us.
The 29-year-old admits it was a “good thing to start”, but people still weren’t sure if she was going to start it. “Was that my voice, did I dub it, can I speak Hindi, can I actâ¦ sometimes people would say, ‘It was a good show that she was a part of, that does not mean that she is good herself â. There are perceptions. I don’t know if that’s what they were saying, that’s what I think. Obviously, it didn’t rain any movies and series after that. Yes, that opened doors for me, I was able to meet a lot of people who then said ‘okay, we didn’t think she could play, she can really speak in Hindi’ â, recalls Norouzi, who went on to star in web shows such as as Chutzpa and Abhay.
Now the fight has started to improve, in his words. Does the perception that “she is from outside India and will not be able to speak Hindi” proving to be a big obstacle for her?
The actor, to see in the second season of the international Emmy-winning show Tehran, said, “I guess at the beginning, yes. At the moment, that has changed a lot. I auditioned for everything I did. I get a lot of feedback from people who tell me “you speak better than Indians sometimes”! It’s good to know.