A leading female actor once said, "I don't have a six-pack. Maybe I don't even want a six-pack. It doesn't sound very appealing." And this is so true. Despite the fact that we are living in a society where a woman becomes famous based on her looks, there are those who have broken this stereotype.
They are bold and are also are proud of it. Such superstars are an inspiration for various young ladies who are battling with society's definition of good looks every day.
So how about we take a look at such female leads of our film industry who are an example of how every woman must be comfortable in her body.
Winner of various Filmfare awards, Rani Mukherjee, began her career by playing a supporting role in her father's Bengali film Biyer Phool. She entered Bollywood with the social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. Over the years she has given us superhits like Hum Tum, Black, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and No One Killed Jessica.
Even after being the daughter of one of the most unconventional actors of Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha built her career on her own. After leaving her career as a costume designer, Sonakshi Sinha made her Bollywood debut with Dabangg and also won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the same.
Apart from being a talented actor, Sonakshi Sinha is famous for her singing and love for animals.
Honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014, actor Vidya Balan has always wanted to change the image of a female actor in Bollywood. She always takes a stand when it comes to humanitarian causes and empowerment of women. When she first came into the industry, she was criticised for her weight and controversial dressing sense. But today, she has made an identity for herself.
The lady, who is famous for her stand on body shaming, has never hesitated in encouraging people. According to NDTV, Zareen Kahn has lost 43 kgs after joining the industry, but she loves her body the way it is, and this is what she tells everyone else.
Comedian Bharti Singh who is known for her perfect comic timing is also famous for her inspiring take on female body structures. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Bharti Singh shared how she deals with weight jokes. She said, "Yes, I do make jokes about myself like 'humara to bhaada bhi double lagata hai' (rickshaw fare will be double for me)… But I do this only on TV, saamne se koi bolke toh dekhe (no one dare say this to my face)..." However, today, "the definition of motapa (fat) has changed from 'aye moti (hey fatty)' to 'Sooo cute and bubbly!"
For a moment, imagine, what if Delnaaz wasn't the way she is? Would it have been possible for her to do justice to all the roles offered to her? Well, I don't think so.
The bindaas director, choreographer and actor Farah Khan, has won many hearts because of her talent. A mother of three, Farah Khan has always been an inspiring woman. She has not just made her name in India but has worked on various international projects as well.
How can we not talk about Geeta Maa aka Geeta Kapoor of Bollywood? "Stupendo fantabulous fantastic performance!"
The talented choreographer is popularly known for judging dance shows and is appreciated for her charm and talent.
Did you know Huma Qureshi was first spotted by director Anurag Kashyap when she was shooting for a mobile commercial? She then made her debut with Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012. How can anyone forget her role in the movie Ek Thi Daayan?
Kirron Kher is among the most respected actors in the country. She made her debut with a Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da.
She is often seen in supporting roles like in Devdas, Dostana, Kambakkht Ishq, Om Shanti Om, Main Hoon Na, Fanaa and Khoobsurat.
These women are proof of how looks and weight don't matter. What matters is your confidence.
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