Arjun Kapoor on body shaming: India has issues with colour, size, structure

Arjun Kapoor talked about his weight-loss journey, being body shamed and the meaning of fitness at India Today e-Mind Rocks 2021. The actor said he has never been conscious about his size.

Arjun Kapoor on body shaming: India has issues with colour, size, structure
Arjun Kapoor opened up about his weight-loss journey at India Today e-Mind Rocks 2021.

By India Today Web Desk: Arjun Kapoor's weight-loss story is well-known and continuously inspires his fans. The actor used to be 140 kgs and before making his Bollywood debut with Ishaqzaade, and shed 50 kgs. Arjun talks about gaining weight, his struggles to get in shape and the perception of fitness at e-Mind Rocks 2021’s Picture perfect: On completing a decade in films and body positivity session.



Arjun Kapoor has always been candid about his weight issues. He maintains that he has been himself every step of the way and cherishes every chapter of his life. Talking about his body transformation, he said it’s wrong to equate fitness with being thin. “Fitness is equated to being thin. During Ishaqzaade, I was 95 kgs, which is a lot of weight to carry. But, it was fine as I had abs. India has issues with colour, size and structure. I am a big (structure) guy. I embrace it positively.”

Talking about body shaming, Arjun said, “You can’t put other people down. You might be slightly overweight, doesn’t mean you go into a dark hole.” He thinks social media is to blame somewhere. “It started with, ‘if you have it, flaunt it’. Now it’s excess. It’s not real. I am a part of the problem as well as the solution. Life catches up with you. When lockdown happened, I realised I should do what works for me, not follow the fad. The right people will always inspire you.”


While Arjun Kapoor admitted that he was always okay with his size and never felt conscious about it, he said he gained all the weight over one summer. This was when his father Boney Kapoor and his late mother Mona Shourie separated. He said, “I remember being okay with my size. I was fine, not conscious. But it happened in one summer. My parents separated and I took solace in food. That changed my life. It was my way of hiding and eating, trying to find happiness between sadness.”

Arjun Kapoor will be seen next in Bhoot Police, which also stars Saif Ali Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Yami Gautam. The film is all set to premiere on Disney+Hotstar on September 17.

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