Heroines are often expected to be slim, beautiful, fair, and tall. Can there be an exception to this fixation in the glamour world?
Last Updated: 06.06 PM, Apr 22, 2023
Body shaming is rampant in Indian society. We face it from our childhood. Not just body shaming, women – young or old – encounter a series of judgements based on stereotypes and social conventions. From what outfit to wear to how to become marriageable – such judgements never seem to stop.
Celebrities, especially actresses, are often targeted by trolls. Heroines are often expected to be slim, beautiful, fair, and tall. Can there be an exception to this fixation over women’s figures in the glamour world? Three known faces of Tollywood, Deboshree Ganguly, Arijita Mukhopadhyay, and Sanghasri Sinha commented on the issue.
Sanghasri said, “When we show a fairy coming down from the sky, we paint her as fair, thin, and with long hair. I do not know whose original idea this was. I need to talk to them who painted like that.” Arijita said, “You can call a fat person fat. I do not have a problem. But if you insult her for being fat, then I have a problem.”
Deboshree shared her experience and said, “I was in the corporate world before coming to acting. There, my senior boss commented on something which I came to know from other people. I was called a white elephant. I hope he sees this interview. He is in the same position, doing the same job. I have moved far ahead.”
Arijita smiled and said, “We can eat a lot. But we are not eating at your expense.”
Sanghasri said, “My aunt once told me, ‘You are so fat! Who will marry you?’ My reply is, ‘Hi auntie! Here I am sitting. And this is my answer to you’.”
These video messages are for the promotion of Aritra Mukherjee’s film Fatafati. The film is produced by Nandita Roy and Siboprosad Mukherjee. It is to be released in May and will tell the story of whether a plus-size person can rock a ramp walk. Ritabhari Chakraborty had to gain 25 kg for the film. Abir Chatterjee plays opposite her.