The outspoken actress spoke her heart out about the various struggles she faced in the industry.
Sarbjit actress Richa Chadha was recently invited by the TedX Talks to have a talk with students of the Delhi University.
The topic was 'Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.' However, the actress broached various topics right from body shaming, to wilting under pressure given by the outsiders on you. She gave an insightful look into her journey and the many roadblocks she faced while she was progressing in her career.
Here are 10 shocking and revelatory takeaways from her speech...
# She always wanted to be actress from her childhood where she imitated her father complete with his paunch, and made people laugh with her imitations. It was this
# After her debut in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, she had to sit idle for two years for two years. And the next prominent role she did was playing Nawazuddin Siddiqui's mother in Gangs of Wasseypur, even though she was just 23 years old and Nawaz was many years her senior.
# She suffered a knee injury and the well-known doctor who treated her, said she shouldn't dance, as her bones would turn brittle if she attempts to do it. But she disregarded it and did the dance sequences in Cabaret.
# She was told to gain weight, get a lip and boob job, get a bigger booty and other cosmetic changes, when she was about to sign a film, and she crumbled under the pressure, which made her victim of eating disorder leading to bulimia.
# She also cited an instance where she was body shamed once by a fashion critic, but she didn't hold it up against him.
# She also rued the fact the fate of projects that people work on for years, are decided in just three days - the opening weekends. But she admits it is the audience who has the power to decide which film they should chose, since they are paying the high price of the ticket.
# She revealed that Bollywood had a annual turnover of 2 billion, while piracy industry turns in double of that! Bollywood is getting only a miniscule profit, and most of the studios are in debt.
# She is totally against the culture 0f promoting star kids over talent. But she also admits that the industry is far more accepting of outsiders than in the past!
# She says happiness should be from what you do and not based on outside factors. A star's happiness should not depend on a film's collections or the critics' opinions.
# She wants to be the symbol of the self-made person who stuck to her guns and be an inspiration to many youngsters.
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