She’s no stranger to body shaming. Actor Parineeti Chopra — who made her Bollywood debut in 2012 — has been graciously battling the jibes on her figure on social media ever since she came into the spotlight. Last week, the ‘Ishaqzaade’ actor posted the most ‘fitting’ reply to all her critics.
Chopra took to Twitter to reveal her sexier, sassier avatar and the world went gaga over it with congratulatory messages pouring in. While Priyanka Chopra played the proud sister, there were others like fellow actor Athiya Shetty who felt motivated by her new look.
Amazing Tisha.. Im so proud of u.. Send me all the pictures!! That’s my sister y’all @ParineetiChopra
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) December 10, 2015
— Athiya Shetty (@theathiyashetty) December 10, 2015
We caught up with this powerhouse of talent who knows too well on how it feels to not match the description of an hour-glass figure in India. Here’s what she had to say:
The tag line ‘Built That Way’ smacks of defiance but in a way, many can see this act of losing weight as conforming to the industry norm? Is it a personal choice to slim down?
Chopra: The idea is not to be defiant in any way. Honestly, it is a personal choice. I have always being an overweight person and it was pretty evident when I first joined the industry. It was the desire in me to look cool and wear better clothes, which led me to get up and start working on my physique.
After I joined films and up until a year ago, I did not really get the chance to work on myself as I was tied up with other commitments. But the last 12 months have been fruitful and I got results.
The whole world is interested in your weight-loss story. How many hours do you spend in the gym and what are the exercises you’ve been doing?
Chopra: The thing is, there is no fixed routine. Being the kind of person that I am, I cannot be caged. I am not particularly fond of routines and the gym bores me. I don’t want to do the usual cardio and weight. So, I make it a point that my fitness regime is a mix of everything. I usually hit the treadmill, go for a swim or just practise Kalaripayattu, a form of martial arts from Kerala. The key is to stay active, experiment with new forms, create a balance and find the motivation to workout regularly. Consistency is the key and while I am at it, I try to enjoy myself.
So, how do you feel now?
Chopra: This new-found fitness has provided me with a new found flexibility in life. And it’s started to reflect on my work too. If truth be told, this is the fittest I have ever been in my life and I feel really good. It’s not just your body, but your mind de-clutters too, and it’s fascinating to see how you change as a person and even start looking better. The kind of energy you have the entire day is amazing.
What’s your favourite workout?
Chopra: None! There’s a reason behind this and it’s a good one. Right now, I am at a point in my life where I don’t want to limit myself. I want to go all out and experiment with things. And being spontaneous really helps as I follow my mood — which in itself translates into doing new things during my workouts. I am just trying to keep an open mind.
The entire weight-loss programme must have been difficult for you since you have been known to be a big-time foodie. What’s your daily diet like?
Chopra: I love food and I still eat whatever I feel like. But now, I am more conscious about my meals and I don’t eat anything after 8pm. I also make it a point to remind myself that whatever food I put in my mouth is healthy and keep it light during the night. But it’s not possible to follow a particular diet as I don’t believe in depriving myself. If I feel like eating that piece of cake, there’s no stopping me. But I try not to over indulge and sweat it out the next day. Balance is the key.
What’s the first step towards losing weight? Any particular trick that you swear by?
Chopra: Your journey towards fitness should be a gradual process. Don’t try to make too many changes at the same time. What worked for me is that I started out with making small changes in my life like correcting my diet over a period of time. My advice would be to start with focusing on the diet and consume light meals for 2-3 weeks before moving on with newer things. Also, the desire to be fit should come from within.
What’s your key to staying focused on the fitness goal?
Chopra: For me, the mirror is the biggest motivation. I keep checking myself out to remind myself to stay fit. I want to work on my fitness and I hope to see results. I am just a work in progress.
Be it Bollywood or real life, overweight people especially women at some point in their life have been made fun of. You probably understand it better since you were often trolled for your weight. Any special message for the body shamers?
Chopra: See, there are two kinds of people — one who are fat and don’t care about what the world has to say, and the others who come down hard on themselves. I have been made fun of because of my weight and I wanted to change it. Today, these body shamers are nowhere to be seen. Isn’t it a message in itself?