Ever since she made her Bollywood debut (with Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl in 2011), Parineeti Chopra has been talked about for her acting ability and on-screen energy. At the same time, thanks to her voluptuous figure, there’s been a fair amount of criticism about her weight.
Now, with the 25-year-old making a conscious effort to lose weight, she says, "On screen, when someone is fat — unless your character demands it — I don’t think people enjoy watching [you]. I’ve said it earlier as well (in an interview), that nobody likes a fat actress." Also read: Parineeti, Aditya shoot for KBC 8
She adds that, after shots, she would "always check myself in all the scenes" and worry about how she looks. "I’d say, ‘I’m looking thin in this scene, or okay in that shot.’ I was tired of that," says Parineeti. The actor also admits that while the ability to emote matters, so does your appearance, "I want to balance it out. I want to act well and look good. And I’m working towards that. There are so many actresses — like my sister (Priyanka Chopra), Deepika (Padukone) and Anushka (Sharma). They are all very good actresses, and they look awesome." Also read: Parineeti's wait for Saif gets longer
One of the other reasons Parineeti wants to lose weight is to be able "to wear better clothes". She says, "Everyone else in the industry — boy or girl — looks so good. I’m only 25; so I told myself, ‘I have to lose weight.’ I want to look better, fitter and younger. On screen, when you wear a bikini or shorts, if you are fitter, you look better." Weight no bar for Vidya, Sonakshi (Shalvi Mangaokar reports)
Does an actress’s physique really matter that much in Bollywood? We ask some industry members
For years now, the weight of an actress has been a hot topic of discussion in Bollywood. Stars like Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi, Kajol and Parineeti Chopra have faced criticism for their physique time and again.
In a previous interview, Vidya had told us, "My weight has become the talking point of the nation. Why is everyone bothered about it? Is it a national issue?” Likewise, Sonakshi, who has lost several kilos in the past few months, had also told us in the past, “People have been writing about my weight. But it never really bothered me …."
Film-maker Milan Luthria, who has worked with Sonakshi in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara (2013), feels that "what matters the most is the requirement of the character". He explains, "I believe everything else is just someone’s perception."
Producer-director Vipul Shah points out that no "film-maker considers any other perception, conception or tags before casting his/her actors".
Meanwhile, film-maker Nikhil Advani believes "there’s a big difference between being overweight and voluptuous". He adds, "Voluptuous actresses will always be sexy in India. But, at the end of the day, we work in an industry where visual impact is important."
However, some trade experts insist that size does matter. "On the big screen, people want to see what is rare in reality — beauty, curves, oomph factor and talent, all embodied by one person," says trade expert Atul Mohan.