Shruti Haasan opens up about plastic surgery, says “it was a personal choice”

Shruti Haasan talks about cosmetic surgery and why she stopped adhering to the film industry's beauty standards.

Shruti Haasan is one South Indian Cinema’s most sought after actress. The actor-singer has never shied away from revealing her experience undergoing plastic surgery. In her recent interview, Shruti opened up about giving in the pressures of film industry beauty standards but says it should be entirely an individual’s choice.

In her interview with Hindustan Times Shruti was asked about the pressure of adhering to stereotypical beauty standards, she 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.”

“Plastic Surgery is an Individual’s Choice”

The actor emphasized that though she does not promote plastic surgery, it is a person’s individual choice. “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 coloring your hair, like women who are Indian who feel they need to bleach their skin or dye their hair blonde or wear blue contact lenses…it’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.

Shruti has always been a champion of women’s empowerment. The south Indian diva had previously posted a powerful Instagram note to body shamers and the need for a judgment-free society.

On Body Shaming

When asked her to comment on body shaming and if it affects her, the actress 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 criticize anybody.”

Meanwhile, Shruti is currently gearing up for the release of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaara. The film is slated to release digitally on Zee5 on July 30.

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