Actor Sonali Bendre talked about beauty standards in the 90s when she was one of the most famous actors in Bollywood. Sonali said she was “skinny” and that was definitely not the preferred body type at the time. In the same interview, she also talked about her cancer diagnosis and the painful journey. Also read: Sonali Bendre says she had ‘30% chance of survival’ after breast cancer diagnosis: ‘Testing went up after my news came out’

In a new interview, Sonali recalled being ashamed in the early days of her career. This isn’t the first time a Bollywood actor has made such comments about the 90s beauty standard. Earlier this year, Madhuri Dixit said in an interview that she was ashamed of the body and people said things like, “isko mota karo (make her fat).”

Speaking to Bollywood Bubble, Sonali said, “Being skinny was definitely not the standard of beauty in the 90s, so lust was the standard of beauty. I was told you just weren’t woman enough if you weren’t voluptuous, you know what it shouldn’t be.”

She continued: “I agree that body shaming shouldn’t play a role in our society and especially not with little girls and the kind of ideas they grow up with and the crazy diets that people do. People forget it’s not holistic.”

Sonali made her acting debut with the 1994 film Aag, which also starred Govinda, Shilpa Shetty and Shakti Kapoor. She had her first big hit with the action-romance Diljale (1996). She later appeared in several films such as Major Saab (1998), Zakhm (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) and many more.

She has reviewed reality TV shows such as India’s Best Dramebaaz, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, India’s Got Talent and Indian Idol. She made her OTT debut with ZEE5’s show The Broken News, which also featured Shriya Pilgaonkar and Jaideep Ahlawat.


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