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‘Fanney Khan’ actress Pihu on body shaming: I don’t understand why being fat or thin is not okay

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We all saw how Anil Kapoor can go to any length to fulfil his daughter Lata’s dream of becoming a singer in the trailer of his upcoming film ‘Fanney Khan‘. Lata, played by debutante Pihu Sand is body-shamed in the film because of being an overweight girl.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Pihu Sand who hails from Mumbai bagged this role after auditioning for casting director Mukesh Chhabra. “We had to go through a five-day workshop in the final round of audition and we were given some stage acts to perform which were recorded. During the last two days, Atul Manjrekar sir (the film’s director) gave us some scenes to improvise on and I guess that’s what got me the part. I auditioned for nine months and just when I was beginning to get angry, they told me I was on,” shared the 20-year-old Pihu.

Pihu could totally relate to the film’s plotline since she was an overweight too. Talking about her role in the film, Pihu said “I had to put on another 20 kg in six months for the role and the prep included planning Lata’s look, makeup and even her haircut. The fringe is an important part of the character. Being fat was lovely because I am not shy about my body and everybody made me comfortable. Yes, I did have some health issues, but it was worth it because it was for something I love.”

When questioned about what all problems she faced due to her weight, the actress revealed, “I was fat because of a medical condition. I gained weight after 12 years and I still don’t understand why being fat or thin is not okay. I connected with Lata because a few similar things happened to me in real life too.”

Well, we totally agree with this youngster as fat-shaming needs to be stopped and we are glad that the makers of ‘Fanney Khan’ are trying to convey this message through their film.

Directed by Atul Manjrekar, ‘Fanney Khan’ stars Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao in pivotal roles and is all set to hit the silver screens on August 3, 2018.


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