Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan, who is planning to make a comeback in showbiz, has revealed everything he was up to during the decade that he spent away from films.
In an interview with The Times of India, Fardeen said “In our profession, a lot of importance is given to how you look. You are expected to look your best at all times. When I was trolled for my weight, I wasn’t actively part of the film industry. I had been away for years, so I was surprised at the degree and intensity of the reactions. That was my introduction to being trolled on social media, the new age that we live in.”
Last week, Fardeen had sparked rumours of his return to the big screen after being photographed outside casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s office. Fans had also noted how he was back in shape, and ready to shake things up.
“It doesn’t feel good to be in that situation,” he continued. “But you have to look at it for what it is. You have to find positivity within yourself. If you constantly seek validation from other people, you need to be honest with yourself. I was extremely out of shape then. I found humour in it to whatever extent I could and moved on,” confessed the actor.
“I’ve never looked outwards for reassurances and validation. I know my truth and where I stand. I was well equipped to handle the criticism because of my personal attitude. When I posted my response, I saw people identifying with that as well,” he added.
In 2016 Fardeen had responded to the backlash in a series of tweets, claiming that he was in a happy space, and unbothered by the negative comments. He said in the interview that being a parent motivated him to get back in shape, as he wants to lead by example and wants his daughter to get into fitness.
Fardeen had made his acting debut in 1998 with Prem Aggan. He was also seen in Jungle, Janasheen, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Bhoot among others. He is the son of late actor-director, Feroz Khan.
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