'Overweight' Parineeti and 'skinny' Kunal turn the tables

Facing trolls

Online trolling is the next big challenge for celebrities. Both coming from Punjabi families, Parineeti Chopra and Kunal Kapoor, have been lovey dovey towards food since childhood.

In their active years in Bollywood, both have been trolled online for their body. The reactions have been opposite; in Chopra’s case she was trolled for being ‘overweight’ and Kapoor for being too skinny. They say that having body image issues can cause a lot of mental stress.

“According to me, whenever someone is hungry and feels like eating anything, they should not resist it,” says Chopra. She exerts on the point that, people should eat whatever their heart desires, but also make the extra effort to exercise and then everything will be balanced.

Chopra who is currently shooting for her next film, Meri Pyaari Bindu says that guilt of eating three packets of Kurkure during a shoot made her skip dinner. “I thought I didn’t deserve to have dinner anymore,” she says.

The Ishqzaade actress has been lauded by her fans for losing weight drastically. Recently, in an open letter she says, “Today, many people ask me what triggered the weight loss, did I give in to the ‘Bollywood pressure? To that I say — thank god I became an actor and had that pressure! I am able to achieve what I couldn’t achieve otherwise. I feel more confident, I feel at peace, and I feel proud.”

On asked whether she would gain weight for a role if it is essential for the film, she says, “I have gone through a year and a half of very strict discipline. I have had more mental stress to lose the weight than I’ve had for 27 years of my life. Right now, I won’t be able to put my body through that again. In a few years, if there was a role, or a film, or a director I was dying to work for, I’d easily do it. But in the near future I’d be afraid to do that,” says Chopra.

But, Kapoor has a different set of issues altogether. He says that as he was growing up he faced a lot of body image issues for being a ‘Punjabi kid who’s too skinny’.

“It always seems like only people who are overweight face body image issues and are body shamed. I was very skinny when I was in school and every time I stepped out, you know how Punjabis have a way of asking you, “khana wana nhi khilate aapko, ghee-vee, paranthe-sharanthe khao thoda”. Not only me, I am sure a lot of people face this and I don’t mean thin (people) I mean skinny.”

After rigorous efforts, Kapoor is being ‘pat-on-the-back’ trolled by his fans. He has to fit in the role for his next film Veeram in which he plays a warrior.

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