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Sanah Kapoor is ready to work on her weight for her roles

The actor, who will be seen in the multi-starrer family drama Khajoor Pe Atke, strongly opposes body shaming.

Published: 15th May 2018

Sanah Kapoor, who will be seen in the multi-starrer family drama Khajoor Pe Atke, strongly opposes body shaming. She says that as a performer, she treats her body like an instrument that she is ready to "tune as per the requirement."

The actor, who gained weight to play an overweight bride in her debut film Shaandaar, which featured her real-life step brother Shahid Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt, is quite well-versed with the reality of how a plus-size woman is treated in the society. "One of the reasons why I took up the film Shaandaar was to express my opinion on body shaming. We all have different body types and no one has the right to shame or humiliate another person based on appearance. It affects our confidence," she says, adding, "I know that in Bollywood, only one kind of body type and beauty is celebrated as ‘mainstream', but as an actor, I am ready to lose or gain weight, depending on what the role demands. In real life, I know I have a broad structure and I am extremely comfortable with that."

Sanah grew up with her parents, talented actors Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak. Asked if she has managed to find her own acting style, she says, "Well, I am influenced by both of them. There is a certain discipline that my parents have when it comes to acting, performance. Though both of them come from the theatre background, after my birth, for 20 years, my father did not do theatre. He rather focussed on cinema and television. As a result, I got exposed to all the three mediums from childhood."

After her Bollywood debut in 2015, she took a break. "I got that film just after finishing my graduation. So it was too early for me to decide anything. I finished my MA degree. And I always wanted to do theatre. I love stage as much I love the camera. Now that my new film is releasing and another is in pipeline, I am back on the set. As an actor, both the mediums fascinate me," says the youngster who plays a small town girl in Khajoor Pe Atke.

This is the second time that she is part of a family drama. Does she prefer acting in films with an ensemble cast? "No, nothing like that. It just happened. But working in a family drama, with some of the finest actors, I have learnt a lot. I don't feel the pressure of the project. It's a very happy-go-lucky vibe on set. I love that."

Directed by Harsh Chhaya, Khajoor Pe Atke, which also features Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Dolly Ahluwalia, Seema Pahwa and Suneeta Sengupta, will hit the screens this Friday.

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