With her latest release, The Big Bull, being a success, Ileana D’Cruz is delighted with the success of the film. The actress flew to the United States of America due to the deteriorating state of Mumbai due to the second wave of the coronavirus. Her family being there gave Ileana D’Cruz the opportunity to spend some quality time with them. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Ileana D’Cruz opened up about being too hard on herself and developing a complex about her body.
Social media can be one of the harshest criticisms, and while we would expect all lead actresses to be zero height figures, those who don’t match the bills are often the recipients of the criticism. Ileana D’Cruz is one of those actresses who have performed incredibly well in the Southern industry as well as in Bollywood. The actress opened up about giving herself a tough time and said, “I’m extremely hard on myself and I like it like that. It pushes me to do better. In the last two films I made, I worked with some really good directors who keep asking me why I don’t do more work and then I wonder if I’m doing enough. A lot of journalists have also told me that I need to do a lot more work and I tell myself yes, they are right. But yeah, I’ve done a lot of work in the south and I haven’t done as much in Bollywood. I don’t know why I haven’t done enough Bollywood but I feel like I’m holding back a lot and I don’t want more. I was afraid of making mistakes in Bollywood but that’s not the case anymore.
Opening on the treatment for her body dysmorphia in 2017, she said: “There are many reasons people develop body dysmorphia, for me it was peer pressure. During my teenage years I was criticized a lot for my appearance and I was made to believe that my body was very different. It was always like, “Why are your legs like this?” or “Why are your hips like this?” and I used to say “I don’t know, that’s just how I am!” It kind of caused a bit of a complex, he stuck with me and it left a mark on me. I didn’t realize it was dysmorphia until I spoke to my therapist and she addressed the problem. I used to tell her that I would be happy when I hit that number on the scale and she told me it was dysmorphic and that I might not be happy with myself even after I had hits the target. She asked me to accept who I was and it took a while. Some days are good, some are not.
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