Was Anushka Shetty fat-shamed?

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Ac­tor Anushka Shetty’s siz­zling chem­istry with Prab­has in Baahubali 2: The Con­clu­sion (right) has been one of the high points of the In­dian film uni­verse this year. It cre­ated such a buzz that the two were ru­moured to be dat­ing… and even plan­ning mar­riage. So, when word was out that Anushka would star in Prab­has’ next big film Saaho, fans were thrilled. But on Mon­day came the news that she had been dropped for “be­ing over­weight”.

Isn’t that a clear case of fat­sham­ing? No, say sources close to the unit of Saaho. They say that Anushka has not yet been signed, so there is no ques­tion of her be­ing dropped. Anushka wasn’t avail­able for a com­ment, but a source said, “Makers [of Saaho] are still in conversation with Anushka. Whether she’ll be a part of the film or not will de­pend on her dates. We don’t know from where this weight loss thing has come up. It’s not a point of dis­cus­sion.

On Mon­day, a web­site had quoted a source as say­ing, “Anushka was train­ing hard for the role in Saaho. But her weight has be­come a bone of con­tention. She is still about five to eight kilo over­weight. This might cost her the film.”

Anushka had put on sev­eral ki­los for her film Size Zero (2015), but looked quite fit in this year’s Baahubali 2.

An­other source, close to Saaho di­rec­tor Su­jeeth Reddy and Prab­has, tells us, “Every­one is spec­u­lat­ing that Anushka is fi­nalised for Saaho, be­cause the same ban­ner is pro­duc­ing a film called Bhag­mati, which stars Anushka in the lead.”

PHOTO: PTI

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