Actor Surveen Chawla has denounced the supposed physical “parameters” that call into question the future of a female artist in the country’s entertainment industry. In a conversation with RJ Siddharth Kannan while promoting his latest webcast Decoupled Opposite R Madhavan, Surveen spoke candidly about facing the cast and body shame on the job.
To watch singled out people who “bring you into this space where you wonder”. She remembered that this was when she was trying to make the transition from TV to movies. It happened during his first cinematic encounter in Mumbai. She said the experience had made her doubt herself as her “appearance, weight and waist size, chest size” were called into question. She said the wrong parameters should define a woman.
Pointing out that much of this has happened in the South Indian film industry, she added that things have changed in recent years. She said it was a rough phase earlier, but things are changing with things like bodily shame, sanity and rejection that we talk about.
Surveen made her acting debut with the soap opera Kahin To Hoga in 2003. She went on to appear on TV shows like Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Kaajjal and 24. She entered the movies in 2008 with the movie Kannada Paramesha Panwala, and was subsequently seen in Hum Tum Shabana, Ugly, Hate Story 2, Desiccated and the short film Chhuri, with the exception of several prominent Punjabi films. Surveen had a remarkable turn in her career when she appeared in Sacred Games (2019) and the web show Haq Se.
Siddharth Kannan asked her why she kept her marriage a secret for two years and if the mindset towards a married actress has changed in our industry. Surveen said her husband was shy about the media, and that became the main reason. So they made a decision for each other. Surveen said that as the wedding took place in the presence of 40 close people, there was nothing to reveal. She married in 2015 and revealed it in 2017.
Surveen added that she had however moved on “because from that experience something in me changed, my mental health improved after the film was released.” She said those two years had taught her to “don’t care”.