Actors Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi say they are working on their upcoming feature film Double XL has been a “personal and cathartic” experience. Directed by Satramm Ramani of ‘Helmet’, this true-to-life comedy-drama explores the journey of two curvier women – Rajshree Trivedi (Huma) from Meerut and Saira Khanna (Sonakshi) from New Delhi – as they navigate society. beauty standards.
Sonakshi said working on the film felt like reliving her college days when she was often ashamed of her body. “This film was a cathartic experience. Even before we started our career, we had to deal with body shaming because we were big kids,” the actor said at the film’s promotional event.
Growing up, Sonakshi remembered that she never had a role model that made her believe it was okay to look a certain way. “We’ve never had those role models, so it was important for us to become those people for the audience watching this film. Everyone needs that reassurance growing up. It’s important to make people believe that it doesn’t always work out.” for how you look. It’s a very personal film for both of us,” she added.
Huma said Double XL’s story resonated with her, as during her 10-year journey in film, she was told she didn’t fit into the “shape” of a conventional Hindi movie heroine.
“Both Sonakshi and I have taken very different journeys in movies. But we’ve both been told countless times that we don’t fit the mold of a conventional Hindi movie heroine. We want to know what that fungus is? Because that couldn’t stop us from achieving our dreams. As public figures we are so confronted with the fact that we are the way we are. I can’t even imagine what other girls and guys go through every day.” The funny treatment of curvier people in movies always bothered her, she added.
“If there’s a plus-size character in the movie, they’re at the center of the joke. In this film, we don’t want people to laugh at them, but with them. After being called a big girl all my life, I did this movie… I’ve always believed that I’m not a big girl, I’m a beautiful girl. This is for anyone who has been told they are misfits,” Huma said.
Double XL is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vipul D Shah, Ashwin Varde, Rajesh Bahl, Saqib Saleem, Huma and Mudassar Aziz. Saqib said that if someone who has been guilty of body shaming and realized his mistake over time, the topic seemed relevant to get on board as a producer.
“I have been guilty of body shaming. Growing up, our conditioning was such that we called people fat, thin, dark, everything very casually. In a way I am atoning for my sins with this movie… But seriously, I think it’s a very relevant movie and I’ve seen this happen a lot in my life. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with these wonderful people. They’ve all improved the film with whatever they’ve done,” he said.
Also starring Zaheer Iqbal and Mahat Raghavendra, Double XL is presented by T-Series, Wakaoo Films and Reclining Seats Cinema. The film is scheduled for Friday.