Curvy actresses are in vogue. The likes of Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi are the antithesis of the anorexic look, the so-called size-zero, once a fad in filmdom. The game changers have, by the sheer craft of their acting, managed to turn any perceived disadvantages of their figures into cinematic assets.
Here's a list of successful voluptuous B-Town actresses:
Sonakshi Sinha: She weighed over 90 kg before she joined the film industry and shed 30 kg for her debut movie "Dabangg" with Salman Khan. Even after weight loss, she is not size zero. She has more or less maintained the same size and the broad framed girl is moving upwards on the success ladder, thanks to her acting skills. Unperturbed by the comments about her weight, the 26-year-old feels her films' success is enough to stop the wagging tongues.
Post her debut,; she won appreciation for "Rowdy Rathore" and "Dabangg 2". In 2013, she had four releases and she is not even close to stopping. Her next will be Prabhudheva's "Action Jackson", which also stars Ajay Devgn, Kunaal Roy Kapur and Yami Gautam.
Vidya Balan: When frequently asked about her weight, Vidya once wondered if it had become a national issue! But not taking note of what others have to say about her body, the actress carries herself with confidence and has a swelling fan following, thanks to her talent. Versatility is her forte and her acting prowess never goes unnoticed. In fact, she liberally flaunted her curves in the 2011 "The Dirty Picture" and the film fetched her a National Award for best actress for playing sex siren Silk Smitha.
She will soon be seen opposite Farhan Akhtar in "Shaadi Ke Side Effects". "Bobby Jasoos" is another project that's keeping her busy at the moment.
Huma Qureshi: Daughter of restaurateur Saleem Qureshi, Huma is a self-proclaimed foodie. She is not interested in losing weight, but believes in staying fit. She also feels that her weight shouldn't be a roadblock in her Bollywood career. Quite true! After her impressive debut in "Gangs of Wasseypur", she is moving up on the success ladder. Pretty and talented, Huma recently won appreciation for her work in "Dedh Ishqiya".
Parineeti Chopra: Often tagged as "bubbly" and "livewire", the cousin of small-framed star Priyanka Chopra is far from being skinny. If she carries her role with ease, the "Ishaqzaade" star flaunts everything - from lehenga to off-shouldered outfit to peplum dress to a simple tee with jeans - with lan. She too is focussed on her acting abilities as well as her looks. Parineeti may no longer be the chubby girl of "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl", but she is far from being scrawny. In her forthcoming film "Hasee Toh Phasee", you can still spot the curves.
Sunny Leone: The Indo-Canadian adult movie star-turned actress, who made her Hindi movie debut with "Jism 2" in 2012, has been accepted with her curvy figure. She also topped the imagery downloads category in an annual survey. Sunny has proved that to don something as comfortable as summer-friendly dresses or minimal like bikini, you don't need to reduce to size zero. She is gradually making her name in the Hindi film industry. If she focussed on her acting skills in "Jackpot", with "Ragini MMS", she wants to spook the audiences.
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