Being in the limelight is no easy task. Bollywood actresses mainly have to deal with one perception of beauty to often put the body to shame. While many have largely stayed away from talking about it, Richa Chadha once brazenly spoke out about the matter.
The Gangs of Wasseypur actress once appeared on TEDx Talk where she explained how nearly everyone in the industry suffers from bulimia and body shame. She also spoke about the unreal pressures that actresses face from filmmakers and directors, who have unrealistic expectations of them.
Richa Chadha recounted how every filmmaker she met asked her to go under the knife, which affected her self-confidence. She said, “I was told I need to gain weight, then lose weight, fix my nose and puff up my lips, get a job, lose puppy fat, grow my hair or cut it, get some hair. strands or fake eyelash extensions, squat for a big dick, get fake gel nails, run in heels, wear spanx, pout while talking, focus on dilating pupils, and listen intently. I collapsed under the pressure as if a wrecking ball had hit me.
During a conversation with NDTV, Richa Chadha said, “There is a changing concept of beauty, of voluptuous Indian beauty from the sculptures we have inherited and from the heroines of the past we have started to ape the West very, very directly. It is not very healthy. I see 12 year olds counting calories and talking about how beautiful someone’s thinness or someone’s lips is. It all comes from a dysmorphic disorder of the body when you start to see yourself in a particular way and god knows women go through it a lot.
Richa Chadha added, “When you become an actor, you stop eating. You stop eating roti, sabzi, dal. You start eating protein, good carbs, complex carbs, good fat, good cholesterol and it all gets so mathematical. It started with me telling myself that I had eaten too much, maybe I won’t sleep well or I will need to exercise right after that and I will feel really heavy and bloated, so let me have it. do this time. Then I noticed it happened once a week, then twice, then three times a week. Then it became a daily ritual after lunch. I almost felt guilty for having to eat. I realized I was going a little crazy when once I thought I was so busy anyway it would be easier to just take a pill or take a drop every now and then instead of having to go. sit and eat.
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