We all know that Vidya Balan and 'Dirty Picture' has started a much-needed discussion in Bollywood about weight. But the issue runs deeper than Bollywood in the Indian community. As a heavier child myself, I know how it feels to be outcasted among your family for being slightly bigger than the rest. The first problem is that we don't know how to address mental problems so therefore self-esteem isn't discussed. Secondly, we think 'eat-less-and-you'll-lose-weight' but unfortunately that isn't always the case. I may not be big-boned but hell I'm bigger than, say, a Deepika and that just isn't going to change!
After decades I've learned to love myself, no matter what weight I am today or tomorrow. I've also learned that women aren't supposed to be one figure all their lives. Secondly, its OK to have a belly! LOL. Unlike Black or Spanish women, we weren't blessed with the bigger booty. Our bodies hold weight differently. Ofcourse, there's nothing attractive about a pot belly on a man or woman, BUT... and there's a big BUT(T) here too lol... the Indian Belly has been shaken proudly on the screen by the likes of Madhuri, Juhi, and Sridevi. And never in my life have I ever thought that any one of these actresses is anything less than stunning.
So while I care about the health of Indian women, I'm glad that curvy women still hold a place in Bollywood. I hope it never changes! And. in fact, with the growing number of female directors and producers, I hope we only see more and more quality roles that represent real women.
|Critics have been most harsh on Aishwarya for her weight ups and downs. |
But she's always stayed UP in our books! And she's handled them like a pro.