This Article is From Sep 30, 2019

Shikha Talsania Says Body-Shaming Jokes Are 'As Bad As Racist Jokes'

"It's imperative for us to be body positive because we put more importance on what we look like rather than our actions," said Shikha

Shikha Talsania Says Body-Shaming Jokes Are 'As Bad As Racist Jokes'

Shikha Talsania shared this image. (Image courtesy: shikhatalsania)


  • Shikha Talsania opened up about body-shaming jokes
  • She said she still struggles with body image
  • "We live in a world that thrives on insecurities," said Shikha
New Delhi:

Actress Shikha Talsania feels body-shaming jokes are as bad as racist jokes and says she is still trying to cope up with her body image issues. Since the time she entered the industry, the Veere Di Wedding actress has been breaking stereotypes around the body image in the entertainment industry. "Body-shaming jokes are just lazy and as bad as racist jokes. It's imperative for us to be body positive, regardless of your 'store size' because we put more importance on what we look like rather than our actions," Shikha Talsania told news agency IANS.

"If we don't call it out, it becomes acceptable for people to judge you and make fun of your body. And then you start believing it and equating yourself worth with how much you weigh, which shouldn't be acceptable," she added.

Shikha Talsania is confident about her body and that reflects in her work as well. But her struggle with body image is far from over. "I still struggle with it (body image). Everybody does. And the entire human race does - we'll keep struggling with it till kingdom come because humans are vain creatures. And we live in a world that thrives on insecurities (body, mind, privilege etc). The only way to cope is to take it one day at a time, work on you mind, body, heart and soul every day. And love. Fill your heart with love for yourself and everyone and everything around you," said Shikha.

When asked if she thinks the attitude has changed in Bollywood, Shikha replied: "Well, I was one of the protagonists in a commercial top bilking film - that's a sure fire sign that things are changing. There changing all over the world where it's becoming way more inclusive and aware that it used to be. Hopefully it's just upwards from here."

Starting from Wake Up Sid in 2009, Shikha Talsania has also featured in Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Midnight's Children. She will make her debut in the digital space with web-series Gormint and will be seen in Coolie No 1 with Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan.

Shikha has refused to be stereotyped in the role of a friend of the main lead or a part of the project to add comic element. The actress says she did so "by refusing a whole lot of stereotyped - unidimensional parts. Much to the dismay of her bank balance and her sanity." Now, Shikha wants to continue challenging herself as an actor. "Being in actor or anyone else in the creative field is challenging enough! Every project, every character has its challenges - I welcome them with open arms because that's the fun of it," she said.

When asked what's next on her roster, Shikha said: "Completing projects, waiting for them to release, reading a lot of new stuff and getting back to theatre with fervour."

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