Right from a person’s god-given skin tone to the body’s natural curves, many physical features are judged by individuals on the basis of social stereotypes and personal preferences. Body shaming in Bollywood has been a big issue and let down many aspiring and existing actors. As a result, many men and women fall into the trap of changing themselves for others and end up being unsatisfied with their own bodies.
Body-shaming in Bollywood
Similarly, the industry that is more about personality and acting skills is hit by a huge wave of body-shaming through decades. In Bollywood, actresses often face issues around the ‘zero figure’ stigma and the fair skin tone. Here we list the brave actresses that opened up about being body-shamed in Bollywood-
1. Vidya Balan
Remember the Vidya Balan from Bhool Bhulaiyaa? The slim young girl has put on some weight. Well the weight of herself wouldn’t bother her so much but the weight of unasked-for comments and suggestions is definitely undesirable. As the gorgeous Vidya Balan put on a few extra pounds and chose to rock in saree, she started getting friendly suggestions to rude comments of body-shaming in Bollywood. But if we think again, who are we to dictate a woman, and how must choose to look?
2. Bipasha Basu
An alleged racist comment on Bipasha Basu’s skin tone came from actress Kareena Kapoor who once said, ” Bipasha is a kali billi.” Even though Basu never came ahead and cleared the air on this controversy, it still remains as an event even a woman faced racism from a woman.
3. Saloni Chopra
The 28-year-old actor and blogger Saloni Chopra is heralded for being a body-positivity champion on social media. Chopra has been seen openly supporting movements like #FreeTheNipple and addressing double standards to celebrating menstruation and posting unedited pictures of herself.
Saloni took to her blog and wrote about her experiences with harassment and abuse from filmmaker Sajid Khan, actor Zain Durrani, and producer Vikas Bahl during the #MeToo movement. Yet the young actress remains calm and strong and emerges as an inspiration for many.
4. Radhika Apte
Right from being trolled for her English accent to being called unfit for becoming an actress, Radhika Apte has proved that all these comments merely are the sounds of crows. They may be irritating but they don’t matter. Apte’s work in the movies like Padman, The Lust Stories, Andhadhun, etc speaks for itself. And even though she was degraded for having brown skin, the actress never paid heed to the things that didn’t matter and kept on working.
5. Suhana Khan
Recently, the soon-to-debut daughter of Shahrukh Khan, Suhana Khan had opened up on racism on social media with the #endcolourism campaign. She said, “There’s a lot going on right now and this is one of the issues we need to fix!! this isn’t just about me, it’s about every young girl/boy who has grown up feeling inferior for absolutely no reason.”
6. Priyanka Chopra
The International star Priyanka Chopra had once said, “I was refused the role because of my brown skin tone. The only way to deal with apartheid is to prove yourself with your work so that the person in front agrees to sit at the table with you. I lived in my country on my own. My work speaks.” Priyanka Chopra has also fallen victim to racism due to her dark complexion.