Bollywood starlet Zareen Khan, who made her debut in the Hindi film industry opposite superstar Salman Khan in the 2010 film Veer was said to be a lookalike of superstar Katrina Kaif. While one would think this might have worked out in her favour in Bollywood, it had quite an opposing effect in fact.
The actor talked about the same in a recent interview. With a career spanning over a decade, Zareen failed to bag a hit film.
Films such as Housefull 2, Hate Story 3, 1921 did not impress the audience and Zareen is yet to star in a blockbuster. Apart from Bollywood, In 2019 Zareen made her debut in the Telugu film industry with a role in the film Chanakya.
The actor told Navbharat Times in an exclusive chat, “People come in the industry to create an identity for themselves and not to be someone else’s lookalike or shadow. I have struggled to make a place for myself in Bollywood for 11 years, but to date, people tag me as Katrina’s lookalike. No film-maker wants to work with a lookalike or duplicate.”
Stating that it wasn’t just Katrina whom she was likened with, but that she called a duplicate of a few other heroines as well, Zareen said, “I think I have a universal face. I apparently look like a lot of people. Some call me Pooja Bhatt’s resemblance, some say, Preity Zinta, some even state I am Sunny Leone’s lookalike. I don’t understand why don’t I ever look like Zareen Khan to people.”
The actor then named a few other artists who couldn’t make it big or even find their place in Bollywood due to their comparisons to actors who were already big stars. She mentioned how Sneha Ullal was called Aishwarya Rai’s lookalike and Ameesha Patel was termed Amrita Singh’s duplicate, claiming that it ruined that career.
On the work front, Zareen is awaiting the release of her film, Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele. The movie was originally scheduled to release in 2020 but got delayed due to the pandemic.
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