Sonakshi Sinha shared her untold story. She is a star kid but she also faced sexism, fat-shaming and getting replaced in movies
Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha. After working as a costume designer in her early career, she made her Bollywood debut in Dabangg which got her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Sonakshi Sinha may be a star kid but she has faced everything like sexism, fat-shaming, etc.
Her journey has not been like any usual star kid. She wasn’t groomed to perfection to fit into this industry because she never wished to become an actress. In a recent interview with an entertainment portal, she shared her struggles.
Being a star kid, Sonakshi Sinha’s journey was not like a normal star kid. She had faced sexism and got bullied by skinny girls
She reveals, “I have been bullied quite a bit. I have had my fair share because I was a fat kid. I used to weight around 95 kilos and I was always a big kid. Even though I used to do a lot of sports, the boys used to bully me and call me names. They wouldn’t give me main roles in plays in school. They would always make me stand at the side or be the narrator.”
Narrating another incident, the Dabangg actress shares, “For instance, I remember something that happened in college. So we had to organise this annual fashion show and I wanted to be this model and walk on the ramp. So one of the thin girls told me, ‘You handle the lights’. I said, “Why? I want to walk the ramp.” She replied, “No, you are too big to walk the ramp.” I just felt really bad. There’s so much you want to do when you are growing up. So who is this girl who happens to tell you that you can’t do it just because she is 10 or 20 kilos less than me! I’m very happy with where I have reached.”
But the fat-shaming continued even after Sonakshi Sinha made her biggest debut opposite Salman Khan in 2010. “It didn’t stop there. I lost 30 kilos for my first film. When it released, the audiences lapped me up but the worst part is I was being fat-shamed by the industry people and the media. That really hurt. I knew I wasn’t the average-looking stick figure person. I didn’t have to. Honestly, I knew I had a lot more to offer than what I weight on the weighing scale. So I never took that to heart.”