The “woke culture” we have been witnessing recently has inspired Bollywood celebrities to speak out about things that were once glossed over. Instead of holding back and maintaining good relations with the crème de la crème of the Hindi film industry, stars have now come forward and spoken about their experiences, their struggles and the hypocrisy that exists.
From Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s story of surviving racism in Bollywood to Vidya Balan’s journey of battling fat shaming, here’s a look at the actors who didn’t think twice before giving us an accurate picture of the side. dark Bollywood.
When Nawazuddin Siddiqui denounced racism in Bollywood
In a conversation with bollywood hungama“I fought against it for many years, and I hope that dark-skinned actresses become heroines; it’s very important. I’m not even talking about skin color; there’s a prejudice that exists in the industry that needs to stop for better movies to be made… I was rejected for many years just because I’m short and look a certain way even though I can’t complain now. But so many other great actors fall prey to this kind of bias.
When Anushka Sharma denounced ageism in Bollywood
Talk to Economic period, Anushka Sharma addressed the topic of ageism. She said, “They are always amazing and cool, and I have no problem with that. But why are women only fine until they are “young and desirable”? So what does desirable mean? There is a sexual connotation attached. So we only look at women that way in movies.
Priyanka Chopra on Rude and Unrealistic Beauty Standards in the Film Industry
In the Victoria’s Secret Voices podcast, PC said: “Growing up in the industry and having a narrow view of my shape, my figure or my measurements, looking closely at every part of me, I kind of grew up for a moment in my 20s thinking that was normal. Like most young people, you think about those unrealistic beauty standards, which are like an absolutely photoshopped face, perfect hair. I never used my natural texture for years. I always just used to having my hair blown out.
Vidya Balan on dealing with body image issues
Vidya Balan said: “It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public, and at that time it was so overwhelming. I come from a non-cinematic family. There was no one to tell me that these phases did not last. My weight problem had become a national problem. I’ve always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say I’m at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore. But I have come a long way. I’ve had hormonal issues all my life. For a very long time, I hated my body. I thought he betrayed me. The days when I was under pressure to do my best, I bloated, and I was so angry and frustrated.
Taapsee Pannu on star culture in the industry
In an interview with RJ Siddharth Kanan, Taapsee reportedly said, “The producers finalized me, locked my dates, then randomly pulled out at the last minute because they had a bigger name. Expecting equal pay is far from the case; even the base amount is something I have to fight for – but I’m not complaining.
Deepika Padukone on pay disparity
Deepika said: “I know my track record and what I’m worth. I know my co-actor’s movies don’t do as well as my movies. It made absolutely no sense. I was okay saying no to this movie based on that one thing because I thought it was unfair.
Abhay Deol on lobbying culture in Bollywood
Abhay spoke to Hindustan time and said, “Lobby culture has been prevalent in our industry for not years, but decades. Therefore, no one thinks of getting up or bothering to do anything. They are all ready to comply, which is why they know they can get away with it. I can say this because I grew up in a movie family and heard about these games even as a kid. As a child, I heard it through other people’s experiences, and as a professional, I saw it myself.
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