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Meet B-town's fainting club

Now it’s not only on screen that we see our distressed Bolly-beauties fainting with shock. Reality is no different. And the latest one to join the ‘too-stressed-to-stand’ fainting club is none other than actor Vidya Balan.

entertainment Updated: Dec 20, 2010 01:32 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Hindustan Times

Now it’s not only on screen that we see our distressed Bolly-beauties fainting with shock. Reality is no different. And the latest one to join the ‘too-stressed-to-stand’ fainting club is none other than actor Vidya Balan. The incident happened recently while Vidya was promoting her upcoming film No One Killed Jessica at a multiplex in Hyderabad when she passed out for few minutes.

"Vidya has not had a break since the past five months. She had been shooting for Sujoy Ghosh’s untitled film since the last two months and the moment she got back, she has constantly been promoting No One... Her schedule has been extremely hectic for the past few weeks and she is sleeping for barely 2-3 hours a day," a source close to the actor was quoted as saying.

But Vidya is not the only one, there have been many such cases. While some broke down while touring, others did so on the sets itself. Here, we take a look at some of them.

Katrina Jacqueline Fernandez

Where: During the promotion of Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

When: March 2010

Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez got entangled between the growing heat of the sun and mob while promoting her film Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai in Kanpur. Filmmaker Milap Zhaveri, said that the hectic trip, straight from Lucknow airport to Kanpur exhausted them. The hot weather and the crowd made the environment suffocating and made poor Jacqueline dizzy.

Katrina Kaif
Where: On the sets of Tees Maar Khan
When: March 2010

Actor Katrina Kaif fainted on the sets of Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. According to the sources, Kat had to shoot for an important sequence and she fainted in the middle of a scene. Apparently, the extreme heat on location caused severe exhaustion to the actor. Talking about the incident, Kat was quoted as saying, “I just collapsed. I’m fine now. It’s nothing serious... just low blood pressure because of the heat.”

Ameesha Patel
Where: On the sets of Telugu movie Param Veer Chakra
When: August 2010

Actor Ameesha Patel, too, fainted while she was shooting for her Telugu film in Hyderabad and had to be hospitalised. The actress was shooting with Telugu star Nandamuri Balakrishna for Desari Narayana Rao’s Param Veer Chakra. Just a few days before the incident, Ameesha had lost her grandmother and was in deep distress. Confirm-ing the news, Ameesha said, “Fainted while shooting. Been on a IV drip.”

Priyanka Chopra
Where: On the sets of Anjaana Anjaani
When: February 2010

While shooting for Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani in the US, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor apparently got into a heated argument resulting in her fainting away. “Priyanka fell unconscious immediately after what everyone believes was a fight with Ranbir!” a source said. Moreover, this was not the first time that she had collapsed on any film set. She also fainted while shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Rashee?

Here’s what the experts have to say
These Bollywood beauties work under tremendous stress and the fact that they don’t have adequate sleep and nutrition just adds to the problem, feel the experts. “The reasons for frequent fainting bouts are clear exertion, lack of sleep, and inadequate nutrition. With these actors it’s a combination of all the three that leads to the blackout,” says clinical nutritionist Ishi Khosla.

She adds, “Celebrities and those who want to lose weight are on diet plans that have a calculated calorie intake. So, it’s important that once those calories are burned, they should eat something. If they do not, their blood-sugar levels drop drastically, which leads to fainting,” says Khosla. Managing your food, even if it means carrying it with you from home, is what the experts advise. Fitness trainer Vrinda Mehta points out, “Lack of rest leads to a situation like fainting. Spacing their assignments is the key.”

First Published: Dec 19, 2010 17:06 IST