15 fat celebrities of India – fat and fabulous (P.S. fat are not dumb)

A few days back my ex-boss and a good friend Jeeveshu Ahluwalia appeared on ‘Gangs of Haseepur’ where he gave a doze of his style of comedy to vivacious Mandira Bedi and said something which might make a lot of people sit back and take notice. He said in his trademark way, “Mote logon ko log bewakoof samajhte hain.” (People assume that fat are dumb). This is a fact, a reality which many over-weight people live with day-in and day-out. They are discriminated on the basis of their weight and appearance at many places. In fact in movies and advertisements, they are shown in a negative light. Recently, a commerical on children’s health biscuit/ drink showed that two slim kids outsmart a fat one. They ask him to skateboard with two full cups of the health drink without spilling a drop. The fat kid tries innocently but fails. The slim ones take a pack of the health biscuit (which equals two cups of the health drink) and skateboard making the fat one look like a fool. The idea of ‘fat being dumb’ is being instilled in the tiny minds through these forums early in life. And then they grow up into adults who are prejudiced against fat people.

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia Salman Khan

In the old Bollywood movies, annoying and dumb characters were assigned to fat actors like Tuntun (Uma Devi), Guddi Maruti and the likes (These days our leading ladies play the same). So, this type of brain conditioning is not new. More so, with media’s constant obsession with ‘thin is in’, it becomes all the more difficult for the fat to lead a normal life. Though, recently European fashion and media are encouraging plus size models in various campaigns but such initiatives are numbered.

Being fat is not always by choice. Contrary to the belief that gluttony causes weight gain; in many cases it is due to hormonal imbalances and diseases which throw the metabolic rate out of gear. That results in immense weight gain. In fact many are blessed hereditarily with extra fat. So does that mean that the over-weight people have no right to be considered normal with a good IQ? Mumbaigloss decided to list 15 fat celebrities of India who are intelligent, talented and successful and their “health” and the extra dimensions are part of their personality which they are guiltlessly cashing on. They are the Adele’s and Oprah Winfrey’s of our country who wear their weight on their sleeve.

1. Farah Khan –She started as a choreographer. The song ‘Pehla Nasha’ from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar brought her to limelight. She has also choreographed Shakira and Kylie Minogue in the past. Later, she started producing and directing movies and has given hits like Om Shanti Om. She has also acted in a few movies. These days she also hosts a lot of chat shows and reality dance based shows. She is very successful and her weight has not stopped her from working towards her dreams. She is a cousin of the fit Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. But is she any less popular?

Fat Indian celebs, Farah Khan

2. Choreographer Ganesh Acharya – He was recently in the limelight for being the alleged boyfriend of actress Daisy Shah who appeared with Salman Khan in Jai Ho. But Ganesh has spent a considerable amount of time in Bollywood and has made a mark for himself. He has choreographed big banner movies like Rang De Basanti, Phir Hera Pheri, Golmaal, Omkara and Lage Raho Munnabhai, etc. He has also acted in various movies, the recent one being ABCD with Prabhu Deva. He is fat. Yet, he makes the big stars dance to his tunes.

Fat Indian celebs

3. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia– He was at the hilt of his corporate career ladder when he decided to quit everything and take up stand-up comedy as his career. His jokes are mainly aimed at himself. He travels around the country; doing what he does best, i.e. make people laugh. His fan following is growing with each passing day. He calls himself the ‘Salman Khan of the fat world.’ His extra weight has not stopped him from being popular and famous.

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Indian stand up comedian

4. Bharti Singh – She is a pioneer among female stand-up comedians. She won The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (Season 4) in 2008 as Lalli (a fat schoolgirl) and Golu (a Sardar boy). Not many know that she is a gold medalist in pistol shooting and archery at the national level. Today, she is a familiar face on various TV channels. Apart from India, she has also performed in USA, Canada, Dubai, Singapore and Australia.

Fat Indian celebs, comedy queen

5. Mukesh Ambani – Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani is the Managing Director and Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited. He meets clients across the world and runs a multi-million dollar company. Do I need to say more? His excess weight has never hampered his business moves.

fat Indian celebrities

6. Choreographer Geeta Kapoor – Geeta Kapoor became a household name with the show Dance India Dance where she appears as one of the judges. She used to assist Farah Khan in the past. She used to work as a background dancer in her group but later moved on to direct her own moves. Her weight has not stopped her from delivering successful shows.

Fat Indian celebs

7. Vidhya Balan – Vidhya Balan is an accomplished actress. She can carry a movie on her shoulders and doesn’t need Khans to deliver a hit. She came to limelight with women centric movies like Kahani, Ishqiya and The Dirty Picture. Her extra weight helps her to get those meaty roles.

fat Indian celebrities

8. Sonakshi Sinha – She is the voluptuous siren paired opposite the most macho actors in B-town like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan. She is the real Indian beauty who looks graceful in a saari and also carries western wear with élan. She is one of the most sought after actresses of our times. She did lose 30 Kgs before joining Bollywood where she went from being obese to being well endowed but never looked wafer thin. Her curves are her assets and she is proud to have them.

Sonakshi Sinha fat, fat Indian celebs

9. Kiron Kher – The quintessential Punjabi mother of our heroes, be it Shahrukh Khan or Abhishek Bachachan; she always comes out as the humorous and likeable character in the Bollywood movies. She is over-weight but then it helps her to get into her motherly roles with ease. She has also participated as a judge in various reality TV shows. She recently won Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh.

fat Indian celebrities

10. Smriti Irani – She is a politician, a former model, television actress and producer. Before finding modelling stardom, she worked as a waitress at McDonald’s. She made ‘being bahu’ oh so fashionable with her long stint as Tulsi Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi – a daily soap by Ekta Kapoor. She contested elections from Amethi against Rahul Gandhi. On 26 May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed her as the Minister of Human Resource Development in his cabinet. At 38, she is the youngest member of the cabinet.

fat Indian celebs

11. Usha Uthup – She has a powerhouse voice. She has sung many disco, pop, and retro music in the past. She still sings and teaches music. A veteran in her kind of music, she has never let her weight come in her way of success.

fat Indian celebrities

12. Bappi Lahiri – Bappi da ka gana is popular still. The remix of his hit songs is played in many clubs around the city. He is the original Disco King, who gave music to movies like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, etc. Though, he is infamous for wearing a lot of jewellery but his weight has never let him down otherwise.

fat Indian celebrities

13. Adnan Sami – He went from flab to fit for medical reasons but Adnan Sami sang hits like ‘Thodi si toh lift kara de’ when he was at his heaviest. He has proven himself as an excellent musician long time back. His weight didn’t come in his way of stardom.

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14. Huma Qureshi – The lady is heavy duty, both in the talent and weight department. Otherwise which newbie could have held her ground with ace actress Madhuri Dixit in Dedh Ishquiya? Huma is curvy and easily fits into the real-life portrayals of modern day ‘womaniya’.

fat Indian celebs

15. Delnaz Irani: The bubbly and spirited friend of Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho has worked in several movies and serials. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Bollywood including Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. And her weight has just worked as an asset to get her those memorable roles.

fat Indian celebs

I am sure none of these fat people are dumb. Even our scriptures suggest that chubby Ganpati was intelligent than his brother Kartikeya who went around his mother to complete the challenge of circumnavigating around the world rather than physically launching himself into the race with Kartikeya. What do you think? Is excess fat a sign of stupidity?

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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