Fardeen Khan Reveals How People Found Joy In His 'Misery And Despair', Recalls His Weight-Gain Days

In a recent interview, Fardeen Khan shared how he dealt with social media scrutiny after gaining weight in one period of his life. However, he also revealed the shocking side of the world.


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Fardeen Khan Reveals How People Found Joy In His 'Misery And Despair', Recalls His Weight-Gain Days

Heyy Babyy actor, Fardeen Khan is known for his charming looks and impeccable acting skills. He made his debut in the 1990s, but after working for some years in the film industry, he took a sabbatical. At that time, he shocked everyone with his weight gain and faced a barrage of media wrath due to the same. However, soon after giving sassy replies to those who body-shamed him, Fardeen also gave pure inspiration by going through a well-disciplined fitness regime in which he lost 18 kilos in just six months. Now, he has already returned to his film career and was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.

Fardeen Khan reveals becoming a ‘worldwide trending topic’ after gaining weight

In a recent interview with Zoom, Fardeen Khan opened up about the time when he was extremely criticised on the internet for gaining weight. However, admitting that he had left himself to go into that state, he mentioned being surprised about people's attention on him. He said:

“I was surprised to have got that attention. But, of course, you quickly understand that people remembered you in a certain way. They were surprised to see me. I had let myself go in the way that I had.”

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In the same conversation, the actor mentioned that his weight gain had become a trending topic then, and he had to deal with it. Thus, he gradually developed a thick skin and forced himself not to take those comments personally. Fardeen added:

“I mean I was a worldwide trending topic at that time and not for the right reasons. The way I dealt with it… having been around the business you develop some thick skin. You kind of teach yourself or force yourself to not take it personally to whatever extent you can. You can find humour in it. You can philosophise about it. You can learn from it. For me, I tried to do all three. It was a punch and I took it on the chin.”

Fardeen shares how people found joy in his ‘misery and despair’

Fardeen then also talked about how things were naturally painful for him for not being able to look at himself and, side by side, becoming a victim of such criticism online. He mentioned being shocked to see how people were shocked by the degree of “meanness” that people displayed. Elaborating how people found joy in his ‘misery and despair’, Fardeen stated:

“The intensity or the degree of meanness was a revelation. It does surprise you that people would find joy in someone else’s misery and despair. You got to develop some thick skin and yes, when it’s wrong you got to speak up and call it wrong.”

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Fardeen Khan once revealed what inspired him to lose 18kg weight in 6 months

Earlier, in an interview with the Bombay Times, Fardeen Khan talked about his extreme weight transformation from 'fat to fit' within just 6 months. The actor revealed his realisation of how weight issues affect one's mental health. Fardeen was then asked to disclose the names of people who had inspired and helped him throughout his weight loss journey. Fardeen revealed that his daughter, Diana and son, Azarius are the ones who deserve all the credit and added it was his children, who helped him understand the value of having a healthy routine. Fardeen also highlighted the things he was missing out on because of his weight, like hiking with his children and many more, which ultimately motivated him.

What do you think about Fardeen's revelations regarding how he dealt with the online criticism after he gained weight? Let us know!

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