The amount of ridicule Aishwarya Rai has had to put up with in the last year is unbelievable. Criticism of her weight began while she was still pregnant. Newspapers and websites ran story after story detailing her swollen ankles and puffy face. That treatment has continued after her daughter Aaradhya's birth, with cruel comments on an almost daily basis about her "double chin" (which was really just the result of an awkward candid photo), etc.
But Aishwarya isn't alone when it comes to being made fun of for her weight. In fact the press seems to believe that it's now open season on actresses, and the first on their list is Vidya Balan.
Vidya is one of India's most talented actresses, which is why for the most part she hasn't had to rely on any silly "size zero" gimmicks for attention. Her talent doesn't lie in her body, unlike some other actresses. Vidya's never been a tiny woman, but she's certainly still shapely and sexy. When she put on a few extra kilos for her role in The Dirty Picture, no one batted an eyelash. But she committed the cardinal sin (in the press' eyes at any rate) of not losing that weight immediately, and what has it gotten her? Catty, hateful criticism from the media.
Her ability to play a romantic lead in a film has been called into question merely because of her weight. As if any woman over a size four can't be attractive! It's a ridiculous standard. Fat men are constantly seen with sexy, thin women (just look at Sridevi and Boney Kapoor). But an attractive man is never allowed to be seen with a plump woman. It's completely idiotic.
Why does Vidya's weight matter to anyone? Her films do gangbusters at the box office; obviously her fans don't care one bit what size she is. Is the media just trying to get her riled up? After all, they went after Aishwarya, and Aishwarya just laughed at them. Hopefully they won't be too surprised when Vidya does the same.
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