Bollywood actress Zareen Khan recently opened up on how she weighed more than 100 kg in school and college, but was never bullied for it. She revealed that it was only when she entered the entertainment industry and started acting that she faced body-shaming.
As per a report in HT, she stated, “The fact is, that I weighed more than 100kg when I was in school and college. But no one dared say anything to me. Whenever I heard that someone is fat and is being bullied, I used to think how can that be? ‘Itna bada shareer hai, do laga ke do (With the huge body, just give it back to them’). I have always been like this so I was never bullied. I only faced body-shaming when I entered the film industry. I could not understand. I thought ‘I did not face this when I was more than 100kg, and now that I am half the weight, they call me fat!'”
On being body-shamed, she said, “It was weird, but did not affect me. I am an actor, judge me on my acting abilities, not my weight, colour, or height. But there are people in the film industry who go all out to say that body-shaming should not be done. However, when they make a film, they only want zero-sized girls for their movie. There is a lot of show-offs and double standard in our industry.”
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She also talked about comparisons with actress Katrina Kaif during the release of her debut film ‘Veer’ in the year 2010. She recalled, “It was a very confusing phase for me because for Veer, I had to put on weight. The makers had asked me to put on weight because I was playing an 18th-century queen and they wanted to keep it authentic. That did not go down well, and I was fat-shamed. I was called ‘Fatrina’.”
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