Zareen Khan: “I only faced body-shaming when I entered the film industry” on her experiences after her debut

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Published by Chinmay Kulkarni on 13 May 2021

Zareen Khan made her Bollywood debut from the film ‘Veer’ starring Salman and Sohail Khan along with Mithun Chakraborty. In a recent interview with a regional Hindi newspaper, she opened up about the criticism she faced when she entered the industry, she said that she weighed more than 100kg in her college days but she faced fat-shaming when she joined Bollywood.

Zareen said “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! in an interview with the newspaper.”

Further, she added “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.” Zareen was often compared to Katrina Kaif, she said in an interview in February, she mentioned that she was told to put on weight for her role in ‘Veer’ as she played a Queen from the 18th century. That didn’t turn out well for Zareen, she was called ‘Fatrina’ comparing her to Katrina Kaif.

On the work front the actress was seen in her recent movie released on Disney+Hotstar titled ‘Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele’, Zareen has played the role of homosexual women.

Zareen Khan: “Just had to be honest to emotion of love” on playing a lesbian character in the movie ‘Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele’

 

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