Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been very picky about her films off late. She is rather going for narratives that have strong female characters and has a social message attached to it. We thought that she had given up trying with that kind of cinema when we heard of her signing Fanney Khan which will also see Anil Kapoor. But, there is a hidden agenda in the film, and that is to speak up (and revolt) against the evil that is body shaming.
A source close to the affair said, “Stop body shaming and be yourself – is the strong message that Fanney Khan wants to give out. Body shaming happens when someone overweight is humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size. Aishwarya has undergone that post her pregnancy after she gave birth to Aaradhya and it’s something she feels strongly about. She feels everybody is special and unique and possesses distinct talents and body shaming is terrible as the target gets humiliated and depressed. Normally the actress takes a couple of months to finalize a script but this time when Atul approached her, along with the producers of the film, Prernaa Arora and Bhushan Kumar, Aishwarya read the script, heard the first narration and signed on the dotted line in two weeks. She was always the first choice for the team and is extremely excited about the film and the message it spreads.”
To this, the source added “The story revolves around a fat girl who is Anil Kapoor’s daughter, who is obsessed with losing weight. Aishwarya plays a singer dive like Madonna and Beyonce and the girl meets her and inspired by Ash who tells her she shouldn’t worry about her weight but just be herself. Aishwarya becomes this young girl’s inspiration and helps her to develop her true potential and shine.”
Well, doesn’t it remind you a bit of Secret Superstar?
Anyways, let us know what you think!