India, Jan. 11 -- Her breakthrough in Bollywood happened in 2016, when she starred in the sports drama, Dangal. But before she came to be known as the Dangal girl, Fatima Sana Shaikh already had a body of work which not many are aware of. Today, as the actor, who has now starred in films such as Thugs of Hindostan (2018), Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Ludo (both 2020), turns 29, we explore some of the interesting aspects of her career and life that are not known to many.

Shaikh began her acting career as a child artiste. She starred alongside actors Kamal Haasan and Tabu in the 1997 film Chachi 420, in which she played their daughter. She also featured in the 2001 film One 2 Ka 4, starring actor Shah Rukh Khan.

As an adult, Shaikh did try her...