How TV’s most famous comedienne Bharti Singh lost 10kgs to look better than ever!
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How TV’s most famous comedienne Bharti Singh lost 10kgs to look better than ever!

Bharti rehearsed for almost six hours a day for a popular dance reality show and a result lost a lot of weight

brunch Updated: Sep 25, 2017 19:13 IST
Renu Bhatnagar
Renu Bhatnagar
Hindustan Times
Bharti Singh,The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,Nach Baliye
Bharti Singh lost 10 kgs and went from being 92kgs to 82kgs (Make-up by Vishnu and Nitin; Hair by Noorjehan)

Hopping from one set to another, comedienne Bharti Singh keeps her energy and humour intact. “It can get tiring standing on stilettoes, I prefer flats,” she says, kicking off her heels. The comedienne believes that if she was born fat and has remained that way, then that must be God’s plan for her.

Blessed to be fat

As a kid, Bharti was ridiculed for her size. Even her mother nagged her to lose weight – “You have to marry, Bharti,” she would say. But Bharti’s biggest problem was that she couldn’t fit into stylish clothes. “Double XXL readymade dresses hadn’t hit the market; there were no plus sizes,” she says. “I had to buy men’s T-shirts and jeans. I used to curse God for having made me fat.”

Years later, participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Bharti thanked God for her size. “Yahaan bhi motaape ki baat hoti thi (They spoke about being fat here too). But I won the second position,” she says. “When I joined TV, I started taking digs at myself; that is what people started loving me for. I realised that my fatness was actually God’s gift, and I better respect that.”

Going green

For dance reality TV series Nach Baliye, Bharti rehearsed almost six hours a day. The result: she lost 10 kilos. “I don’t want to become sookdi (super slim). I neither go to a gym, nor do I have a dietician.” Her Baliye (partner) Harsh gave her good advice. “He told me to have green tea after every meal. People are commenting that I am losing weight.”

Weight jokes as a defence mechanism?

“Yes, I do make jokes about myself like ‘humara to bhaada bhi double lagata hai’ (rickshaw fare will be double for me)… But I do this only on TV, saamne se koi bolke toh dekhe (no one dare say this to my face)...” However, today, “the definition of motapa (fat) has changed from ‘aye moti (hey fatty)’ to ‘Sooo cute and bubbly!’”

No diet patterns

She’s bindaas with her diet. “I’m a Punjaban who eats parathas and omelette. I shoot till late and have dinner at 5am. I have lunch at 2pm, that’s why my health suffers sometimes.”

Bharti prefers homemade food, but will settle for Maggi or bread omelette or Subway. No salads please! “I need to eat roti, sabzi, dal...” She wants to join a gym to stay fit. She recommends a medical check-up before taking up a weight-loss plan.

From HT Brunch, September 24, 2017

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First Published: Sep 23, 2017 23:30 IST