The in­dus­try still judges you on your looks: Za­reen

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@htlive.com

After her film Veer (2010), ac­tor Za­reen Khan (above) had spo­ken about how she was body shamed for be­ing fat. Much has not changed since then, says Za­reen. “A ma­jor part of the in­dus­try still feels that till the time your body looks great, your act­ing po­ten­tial does not mat­ter. Only when you are phys­i­cally ap­peal­ing, will they like to know you,” says Za­reen.

How­ever, the ac­tor who has been part of films such as House­full 2 (2012) and Hate Story 3 (2015), is happy with her ca­reer graph. “I am con­tent. It’s been al­most six years that I have been a part of this in­dus­try. The ups and downs in my ca­reer have kept me happy,” says Za­reen, who will next be work­ing on a film, with Vikram Bhatt.

Talk­ing about the kind of roles she’s keen on play­ing, she says, “I would like to choose char­ac­ters that chal­lenge me. The in­dus­try tends to stereo­type you, but I’m happy that is not hap­pen­ing with me now.”

She feels that there’s a long way to go. “I have not reached a phase where I have the chance to do mul­ti­ple projects at the same time. When that hap­pens, I feel it will be chal­leng­ing but fun to switch be­tween roles,” she adds.

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