Soundous Moufakir. (Photo: Instagram)
Soundous Moufakir, known for her appearances on reality shows like Roadies and Splitsvilla, is currently making a mark on Khatron Ke Khiladi 13, where she's winning hearts. In an interview that she gave to a publishing house, the actress disclosed that she faced significant challenges early in her career, particularly with respect to compensation. She revealed that she wasn't paid for her appearances on Roadies and Splitsvilla, and she had to rely on her savings to sustain herself in the industry.
However, her fortunes took a positive turn with Khatron Ke Khiladi 13, as it marked her first project where she received fair compensation.
Coming from a conservative family with an MBA in finance, Soundous highlighted the stark contrast between her profession's glamour requirements and her family's expectations. She explained that her mother was initially taken aback by the need for glamour in her career. Soundous had to invest time and energy into unpaid opportunities like Splitsvilla, which was initially difficult for her family to accept. However, it ultimately led to her participation in Khatron Ke Khiladi 13, a turning point in her career.
She also touched upon the unfortunate reality of being typecast for glamorous roles in the industry. Soundous shared that she had been approached for roles that focused solely on her appearance and had even been proposed for nude or semi-nude roles. However, she's determined to break these stereotypes and prove her talent in acting, dancing, and speaking Hindi.
Soundous expressed optimism about the changing landscape in the industry, noting that the perception of dance songs and performers has evolved. What was once labeled as an "item number" or an "item girl" is now viewed differently, with a focus on the dancer's skills and their ability to convey emotions through dance. She believes that the industry is shifting toward more progressive and inclusive mindsets.
Soundous's journey is a testament to her resilience and determination to challenge stereotypes and make her mark in the entertainment industry.