Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi have teamed up for a project that puts body and weight shaming into perspective with a good dose of humor. Titled Double XL, a woman is so much more beautiful and complex than just being judged by a number on a scale, this is the core message of the film. The teaser of the film was revealed a few months ago. And in her recent interview with ETimes, the Holiday actress weighed in on the topic of body shaming and what made her choose the Huma Qureshi co-starrer.
Sonakshi said: “It hit me so hard when the script appealed to both of us. I would never have made that movie with anyone but Huma. It’s so important to both of us. Body and weight shaming has been a part of our lives for years. happened. It happened from the beginning of our career along this line, and it still happens. It hasn’t stopped. No matter how big you are, people are always talking about it, which I think borders on the unnecessary now. We talk endlessly about eliminating discrimination based on sex, color and race.”
She added: Why omit body size and weight? Size should also be on that list of things we shouldn’t discriminate against. It was so important to make a movie like this that tells you about two individuals – two women, who are talented and believe in living it up on their terms. The question is, why is that so hard for people to digest when it happens in real life?”
Filmmaker Mudassar Aziz saw Huma and Sonakshi chilling out together during the lockdown and found them feasting on their food. That image got him thinking if it was time to bring out a story inspired by the experiences the women have had through trolls, who have often shamed them for their size.
Sonakshi recalled the incident and said: “Huma and I are very close and we were literally chilling. Mudassar saw us and said, ‘Tum dono pe picture banani chahiye!’ It really happened. The preparation for this film started at a time when both Huma and I were at our thinnest. It turned out to be the best preparation of our lives – from the reading to the shoot we ate to our heart’s content.”
The actress said that while they had put on a lot of weight to make their roles convincing, they also made sure that it was going to be okay.
“We actually gained a lot of weight because we had to look convincing while playing our roles. We had to represent a certain kind of woman. Both Huma and I are foodies, so we enjoyed the experience. But we didn’t do it without caution It was important not only to get into the mindset of the characters but also to remind ourselves that after the movie we need to get back to our usual routines and healthy lifestyle.In our regular cycles we train, stay fit and promote we health and wellness.”
DOUBLE XL aims to humorously tackle the social stigmas that lead to bullying and body shaming and will be released in the summer of 2022. The film is presented by Gulshan Kumar, T-Series, Wakaoo Films & Mudassar Aziz in association with T-Series films.
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