Nimrat Kaur is earning acclaim from all corners of the nation for Dasvi. Right now, busy with the Foundation season 2 shoot, the actress impressed everyone with her massive physical transformation for Bimla Devi. The brilliant actress gained more than 15 kilos to slip into her character. While it is an incredible feat to celebrate, the journey was not easy!
‘People made my body their business’ – Nimrat Kaur shares 10-month long journey of losing 15 kilos after Dasvi
Nimrat Kaur recounted her body-shaming experience during her weight gain journey. In the Instagram post, the actress talked about how her weight suddenly gave people around her the "voyeuristic license and entitled permission" to make a "snide remark, an uncalled-for joke, or simply an unsolicited piece of advice on what I should be eating instead of a dessert."
"In the age of heightened expectations regarding what we 'should' look like, at all times - gender, age and profession no bar, I'm sharing a small chapter from my life that brought with it learnings that shall last a lifetime. Bear with me, as unfortunately, there isn't a 'bite sized' version of this 10-month-long journey... Born with what's typically categorised a small to a medium body type, with Dasvi came the requirement for me to size 'up'. The idea being to be as unrecognisable and physically as dissimilar from 'being Nimrat' as possible. There was no target number in mind, but by the end of trying to achieve the desired visual impact, I was a touch above 15 kilos from my usual body weight. Initially, I was rather petrified of an unseen reality I was going to have to own and embrace. But as I steadily and lovingly along with the support and encouragement of my loved ones around me began the right conversations with myself, I began relishing the process of becoming Bimla," she wrote in a lengthy note.
Nimrat further continued, "However, this isn't about how I eventually began to love this gift of a journey of indulgences and inhabiting a body I'd never been in before. This is about what I began to notice along the way. Ever so often, watching me eat high-calorie meals already being a few sizes bigger, some people around me felt they had the right to comment on what they thought I was doing wrong. It would be a snide remark, an uncalled-for joke or simply an unsolicited piece of advice on what I should be eating instead of a dessert I was enjoying very much. This voyeuristic license and entitled permission is what came to the forefront. On purpose, not always would I declare the 'why' behind what I was looking like or consuming. But always did I observe the ease with which people made my 'larger than usual' body and/or meal their business. I could've been unwell, under medication, hormonally battling something, or quite simply very happy to eat and be me whatever size that was."
"This entire exercise taught me as a girl and an actor both, how non-negotiable it is for each of us simply mind our own business. Having completed the circle of this journey and back to physically being me, today in the truest sense I've learnt how not to let an outside perspective decide my relationship with me. I share this to add to the larger dialogue of how we could all do with more mindfulness, sensitivity and empathy. Especially towards those who don't fit in the myopic, pigeonhole prototype of what the 'norm' expect them to be - whether it's being too dark, too thin, too short, too fat or too any of these berating measuring scales from the lens of the conditioning they come from. Recognise that everything they say and observe is a reflection of a mindset. Not who they're beholding. Be kind. Be sensitive. Be graceful. Don't make someone's day worse if you can't make it better. Be responsible. Make only your mind and body your business. No one else's," she concluded her note.
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