Sacred Games actor Elnaaz Norouzi runs into trouble at Chicago airport for her Iranian roots
The actress is known to have been excited about her US trip, but instead, she found herself in trouble as soon as she landed.
Elnaaz was reportedly heading to Los Angeles, California to explore work opportunities in Hollywood. She was apparently stopped by US airport authorities, as a result of which she missed her connecting flight.
Elnaaz reportedly had to go through a lengthy immigration session as the "authorities wanted to double-check everything", reports said.
“I had to stay in immigration for more than 3 hours or so and I was stopped by the officers to board my connecting flight," said the actress to reporters.
"I hold a German passport and so I do not require a visa to travel to the United States. But due to my Iranian roots, I applied for a normal visa as Trump has put some ban on Iranis and they do not get ESTA anymore and that's why they wanted to double-check on everything," she said.
The actress added, "I was made to wait and they asked a lot of questions and due to the lengthy interrogation session, I missed out on my connecting flight. The next flight was after 6 hours so I had to wait at the airport for quite long and it felt like this journey was never-ending. It was quite tiring but all is fine now and now I am looking forward to meeting a few important agents in LA, now that I am finally here.”
Elnaaz had made her acting debut with Rohit Jugraj Chauhan's Punjabi movie Khido Khundi last year, and went on to appear in a popular web series, while also being seen in Guru Randhawa's music video for his single, Made In India.
Earlier, Elnaaz told reporters that she's "super happy" and excited to start working on an international project.
After Sacred Games, Elnaaz signed an international project with a London-based production house, and the movie is said to be based on human trafficking with a focus on three girls.
Elnaaz is set to play one of the three girls.
"I really liked the story so I just sent them an audition tape which we recorded here in Mumbai and they loved it. So it just happened very quick," the actress said in a statement.
"The plan is that once I get a little bit time from the Sacred Games 2 schedule I will go to London to meet my director and start preparing. I'm super happy about that. This is all I ever wanted -- to act and to be known as an actor and not just a pretty face. I am super grateful," added the actress, who earlier accused Namaste England director Vipul Shah of sexual misconduct.
Talking about the support from the industry, she said, "I think we are finally proving that we have reached and landed in 2018, times have changed. Also for me personally, I got such a great response from everyone from the industry, encouraging me and showing me so much respect which I didn't expect, before sharing I was worried how people will perceive me."