They said my face was very Western and masculine: Shruti Haasan opens up about plastic surgery, fillers and film industry's beauty standards


Shruti Haasan, who has always been very open about the film industry's beauty standards and undergoing plastic surgery, recently talked about taking fillers. She said that every actress goes through surgeries and the ones telling otherwise are 'blatantly lying'

In an interview with a leading daily, when asked if there was a pressure to look a certain way, Shruti said, “I think there is and there isn’t. There was a time I listened to the pressure. As far as my nose surgery goes, it’s a choice I made, even after my first film was done because my nose was broken. I didn’t like the way it felt. I didn’t like the way it looked. It was a personal choice. Nobody asked me to fix it. When it came to fillers… They said, ‘Shruti’s face is very Western, it’s very sharp, it’s very masculine.’ I was constantly hearing this and I did do non-invasive, temporary procedures, which I have been very open about.”

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Shruti emphasised that though she does not promote plastic surgery, it was an individual’s choice to opt for it. “If there are any actresses telling you they haven’t done it, they are blatantly lying because people’s faces don’t change that much. But it’s just something that I wanted to talk about. I don’t propagate it. What I’m trying to say is… It could be something from colouring your hair, like women who are Indian who feel they need to bleach their skin or dye their hair blonde or wear blue contact’s the same thing, right? You don’t need to fit into anything, you do what you have to do. If a woman in her 40s feels, I want Botox because it makes me feel better, that’s her choice. And if she feels, this is not what I want, that is her choice. I felt I should be honest about my journey,” she said.

On being asked if she was affected by body-shaming, Shruti said, “I’m not bothered by an opinion that is founded by frustration or negativity but I thought it’s something that I should talk about because it’s not just me. There is a trend and there is a phase going on where it’s very easy to rip a woman down. Recently, there was a case of a woman being threatened with rape on social media. There is a constant judgment of women’s bodies, names and terminologies used by people that don’t even know them. So I felt that it was important to use my example and say that this is what I have done. Nobody has a right to criticise anybody.”

On the work front, Shruti will be next seen in ZEE5's Yaara.

(Source: Hindustan Times)