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Main Naa Bhoolungi actor Aishwarya Sakhuja turns vegan

The Trideviyan actor says watching a few documentaries changed her outlook about life, food and animals.

tv Updated: May 03, 2017 07:22 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Aishwarya Sakhuja

Aishwarya watched a few documentaries on the food and dairy industry, and animals on Netflix which opened her eyes.

Aishwarya Sakhuja has turned over a new leaf. The Main Naa Bhoolungi actor turned vegan two months ago. She says, “I was a non-vegetarian all my life. I relished eating non-vegetarian dishes. However, last year in August, my husband (Rohit Nag) suffered from typhoid, and he was only allowed to eat khichdi. So, I began eating khichdi along with him and something brought about a change in me. I didn’t eat meat every again.”

While her husband’s illness might have acted as a catalyst that triggered the change of heart, Aishwarya says the documentaries she watched on an online streaming channel too, “changed her outlook” about life, food and animals. She adds, “I watched a few documentaries on the food and dairy industry, and animals on Netflix. They opened my eyes. It was a big shock and a reality check.”

The actor feels her “ignorance” allowed her to consume dairy in the past. “Humans don’t need dairy or dairy products. Animals are living beings too, and they are tortured to provide for us. The trauma they must be going through is insane. We should understand that as much as the planet is ours, it is theirs too. We have forgotten that. Many people don’t respect animals. That needs to stop.”

The change hasn’t been easy for Aishwarya, who is currently working in a sitcom. She says, “It’s a big decision and many of my friends think that I am mad. The kind of love I had for non-vegetarian dishes was huge. The biggest challenge is avoiding dairy. It’s present in so many products that one consumes on a daily basis. I have given up on all the little pleasures in life from biscuit to cake, and so many more items. Moreover, I haven’t gone to a vegan dietician, who can help me with supplements to diary in my daily diet. I need to take care of that as soon as possible.”