“I was being fat-shamed by the industry people and the media” reveals Sonakshi Sinha!
Sonakshi Sinha has been one of the few actors of her generation to have a clean record where controversies are concerned. The actor is also usually reserved about her personal life, rarely commenting on the ways of the industry. However in a first of sorts, the 32 year old star opened up about Bollywood’s double standards and the struggle she had to face.
Talking about getting bullying as a kid and teenager, Sona said, “I have been bullied quite a bit. I have had my fair share because I was a fat kid. I used to weigh around 95 kilos and I was always a big kid. Even though I used to do a lot of sports, the boys used to bully me and call me names. They wouldn’t give me the main roles in plays in school. They would always make me stand at the side or be the narrator.”
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Recalling an incident from her college days, Sonakshi said, “For instance, I remember something that happened in college. So we had to organise this annual fashion show and I wanted to be this model and walk on the ramp. So one of the thin girls told me, ‘You handle the lights’. I said, ‘Why? I want to walk the ramp.’ She replied, ‘No, you are too big to walk the ramp.’ I just felt really bad. There’s so much you want to do when you are growing up. So who is this girl to tell you that you can’t do it just because she is 10 or 20 kilos less than me! I’m very happy with where I have reached.”
The actor also spoke about being fat shamed by the industry. “It didn’t stop there. I lost 30 kilos for my first film. When it released, the audiences lapped me up but the worst part is I was being fat-shamed by the industry people and the media. That hurt. I knew I wasn’t the average-looking stick figure person. I didn’t have to. Honestly, I knew I had a lot more to offer than what I weigh on the weighing scale. So I never took that to heart.”