Actress Nithya Menen, who recently made her Hindi debut with Mission Mangal, opened up in a recent interview about being body-shamed by online trolls and how she deals with the hate directed at her.
In an interview, the Ok Kanmani actress said, “I think people are ignorant because they assume automatically that if you have weight issues, it’s because you are lazy and eat a lot. One faces weight issues very rarely because of being lazy and eating,” she said, adding, “Trust me, especially in the case of actors, we are not lazy. The way we work, the way we stand for almost eight hours without even realising it… it’s not easy.”
Menen, a familiar face in the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries, has done memorable roles in films including Ustad Hotel, Awe, Urumi and Kerala Cafe.
According to the article, she added that a lot of people gain weight due to serious health-issues and one needs to be sensitive towards that.
“Maybe these people are dealing with stuff that is painful. At times, weight-related issues are hormonal and that can create a lot of pain and difficulty. When you add trolls to that, they have to deal with so much more. We need to educate people that weight is not just because we are sitting and enjoying our lives. Of course, trolling hurts me. I do get upset.”