Senior actor Urvashi speaks out against body shaming in films, says she’d never encourage it

The 'UIllozhukku' actor reiterated that she would only play decent comedy roles that wouldn't hurt anyone.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 22, 2024 | 4:20 PM Updated Jun 22, 2024 | 4:20 PM

Urvashi on body shaming in films

Veteran actor Urvashi has spoken out against body shaming in films.

In an interview with a YouTube channel, she pointed out that almost every (old) film would have a character (male or female), who the male lead would often nag about and belittle. “Those characters are body-shamed and taunted. This was meant to evoke laughter among audiences but it isn’t a good practice.”

She added, “While those characters were meant to be funny, it must not be forgotten that the actors who portray those roles do have feelings and are humans, too.”

To a question, Urvashi reiterated that she would only play decent comedy roles that wouldn’t hurt anyone. “It’s not right to make fun of someone’s appearance and call it ‘comedy’. It is not right to name-call a physically disabled person and say it’s ‘funny’.”

The senior actor also observed, “Not everyone is born with perfection. There is no place for body shaming in society. I feel happy when people speak out against body shaming.”

Further, Urvashi revealed that she never encouraged jokes about one’s appearance while judging the comedy programmes aired on television.

As regards how women are conditioned by a patriarchal society, the actor said she remained tight-lipped on several occasions though she wanted to protest. “My generation was told that women must respect men, irrespective of age. But the grown-ups in that era never taught us that we must only respect people who deserve it,” she quipped.

Meanwhile, Urvashi’s latest Malayalam film Ullozhukku is getting a phenomenal response from audiences and critics alike.

The film also stars Parvathy Thiruvothu in the lead and is directed by Christo Tomy.

Ullozhukku is drawing wide appreciation for its intense plot and power-packed performances by Urvashi and Parvathy. Both actors shared a wonderful onscreen chemistry in this emotional drama.

Shehnad Jalal’s cinematography and Sushin Shyam’s background music also worked in the favour of the film.

(Edited by Y Krishna Jyothi)

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