Zarine Khan opens up on the consequences her weight had on her career

FP Staff

Aug 19, 2016 16:08:27 IST

Zarine Khan is well-known for her remarkable transformation of having lost almost 50 kilos before entering the film industry.

The actress who made her debut opposite Salman Khan in the 2010 film Veer has always been vocal about her journey from fat-to-fit. But in an interview to Huffington Post the actress has revealed how her body dimensions affected her chances in the industry.

"The media wrote me off because of my weight in countless articles. I couldn't believe it. Directors and producers wouldn't approach me because of the way I was written off and the image that was created. My weight was decoded as if it was a national issue, surpassing even the initial Katrina Kaif lookalike comparisons."

Khan had earlier shared pictures of her younger days on Instagram highlighting the fabulous transformation she has made.

Came across these pics of mine from school and college days. (White one was in std 9th & pink one was right after my std 12th exams). Whn I look at these pics I feel proud of myself today not tht I felt any lesser abt myself back then. Inspite of being so big I never let ppl's comments or ideas abt me bother me. Bcoz it's my life and my body and only I hav the right to decide wht I'm gonna do with it. Then one day I decided let me try how it feels to b a little lighter and hence started my weight loss journey. It wasn't easy at all bt everytime I looked at the Progress in the mirror I got the push to do more. I had lots more energy than before and I was loving every bit of this new person I was transforming into. Whn I became a part of this industry, I had lost all my weight ... Infact I was asked to put on weight Fr my first film to look the character. Unfortunately I was criticised to no end Fr my weight bt again I never let tht get to me. How cud I ? Those ppl had not seen me like the way I am in these pics here. And Fr me everything was jus an achievement to reach frm where I was to where I am. I continued on my fitness journey irrespective Bcoz fitness Fr me is a way of life now. Along with the weight loss came a lot of stretch marks bt instead of feeling ashamed of it and trying to hide it , I believe in flaunting it . It makes me feel like a tigress with her stripes. I have come a long way in this journey of fitness and I still hav a long way to go... Bt it's always been only Fr myself and not Bcoz of ppl shaming me ! #IWillBeMe #MondayMotivation #SayNoToBodyShaming #LoveYourself

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The actress has worked hard to lose the flab and so when she was offered Rs one crore to endorse weight losing pills she clearly rejected it. She said to IANS, "I cannot endorse something I don't believe in. I work very hard everyday in the gym and believe there are no shortcuts to weight loss!"

Other actresses like Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia Bhatt have earlier spoken about their weight loss experience.

Updated Date: Aug 19, 2016 16:08:27 IST