Arjun Kapoor responds to body-shaming & criticism: “It does irritate you…”


Arjun Kapoor, who is currently busy with the release of ‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ (2021), recently sat down and asked about his way of dealing with unfair criticism.

The star was open about the fact that he does receive a lot of it, and that he has also been subjected to body shaming. However, he is big enough to know what to take to heart and what to let go, reports Koimoi.

Kapoor said in response, “You have to realise firstly who is criticising you. I always say this, jo log criticise karte hai woh apko follow karke criticise karte hai, to ut pataang lagta hai to take that seriously. The quest to become an actor was never to be perfect and impress everybody, you cannot please everybody, so you should not try. Criticism coming from healthy space to help you get better your craft or appreciating the film that you did, vo sir aankhon pr kyunki aap paise de rahe ho or aaj ke time me you are watching it, consuming it and you are giving a proper feedback. I respect that.”

Regarding body-shaming, he knows the showbiz world demands him to look his best. He also accepts that he has failed at it sometimes. He said, “I will put it into perspective. Sometimes even critics feel the need to criticise a lot more than they need to because that is important to them. Because unko kuch likhna padta hai. You cannot take the excessive nature of criticism also seriously. You have to know your standards, you have to know your self well enough to realise. Okay, I have given my best, I am working hard, I will work harder and improve on these facets. See somebody has an issue with how broad structured I am, I can’t cut my arm off na? And if somebody today does not know what I am dealing with in my life, with the health issue or all that’s is going on in my personal space, where it might have reflected a bit in my life. I might have not looked the way they expect me to look, as long as it is not hindering the way I connect with the on screen, I cannot take it seriously beyond a point.”

He added, “Yes, I owe it to my profession to look best, I strive for that. Some days I succeed, some days I have failed. You live and learn. But I cannot take that to heart. It does irritate you because a lot of people are superficial in criticising. Your performance gets negated sometimes, but you get up, and you work harder, thik hai aur mehnat karenge. Because mujhe pata hai audience ne jab accept kiya tha pehle to pyaar diya tha. Mujhe acha lagta hai jab acha criticism ata hai, ki yaar we liked his work earlier and we want him to do these kind of films, we appreciate him in this. I enjoy that criticism also. It helps me grow. But unfair criticism is coming from most people who actually follow you but like saying things because they feel it gets a reaction. So it’s a bit silly.”

‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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