Rupali Ganguly, who plays the role of Anupamaa Shah in Star Plus’ show Anupamaa, is one of the finest actors on TV. She’s not only a fantastic mother onscreen, but also a loving mother offscreen to her son Rudransh. We, at Bollywood Bubble, got into an exclusive chat with Rupali Ganguly about motherhood. The actress revealed that she had gained almost 30 kgs after her son Rudransh was born. Rupali Ganguly opened up about how difficult it was for her to accept the bodily changes and weight gain. She also mentioned how ‘actors obsess’ over gaining weight. The actress sent out an encouraging message of ‘self-love and self-acceptance.
“It’s not about pregnancy. It’s about a mindset there are times when women eat because they are depressed. There are times when there’s a lot of emotional eating, there’s comfort eating, there happy eating there is being in love eating. We, women, have a lot of hormones for eating, and when the body changes even a little, it becomes difficult to accept. It’s not about anybody else judging you it’s what you think about yourself. It is about you accepting yourself that, yes, I have changed,” Rupali told us about body transformation issues in women post-pregnancy.
She continued, “It’s not that you are not prepared you will get wrinkles, your body will sag after a point, your arms will become loose, your skin will be stretchy after a point, all these are there in your head. But then when it actually happens to accept it, it does take time.
Revealing how actors are especially body-conscious, Rupali Ganguly highlighted, “Probably we actors are a bit self-obsessed. When you are known for the way you look, you are judged for the way you look, you get work for the way you look, people kind of appreciate you for the kind of way you look. Talent comes later, it’s all about looks initially. So it does affect you quite a bit.”
The actress added, “There are celebrities out there, even I look at certain celebrities and be like wow, ‘Baccha hone ke bawajut bhi itni patli kamar, flat stomach omg look at that. Kamal ka yoga kar lete hai pair upar sir neeche kya karte hai yaar par mere se nahi ho pata.’ Not that they shouldn’t do it, it must be done, but it does not happen most of the time.”
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Rupali revealed that it was difficult for her to accept the changes in her body after pregnancy, but eventually, she managed. “It was quite difficult. This thing exists us lot in women, where even if we gain half kg, we start stressing about being fat. We women are like, ‘My thighs are showing, I have a wobbly stomach, my top is tight, etc, etc. It’s never-ending.’ But, I want to tell all women out there, just love yourself and the world will love you. It’s easier said than done. But, this is the body, God has given us, let’s just accept it. The real attraction comes from the heart. But, for health reasons, I knew I had to do something about my weight,” she opined.
However, Rupali motivated everyone, particularly women, to accept who they are. “But, I would like to tell all the women out there that it’s your body, especially pregnant women, it is a body that has nurtured your child. So please do not put yourself down. Just be happy that this body is carrying you, this body is helping you do things for your family, this body is helping you stay fit in these times in covid times and everything, it is the body which is supporting you the maximum.”