Emmy Nominated Four More Shots Please actress Maanvi Gagroo talks about body positivity and future plans in the latest episode of Filmfare Spotlight
Headlining several iconic web-shows such as Four More Shots, TVF’s Pitchers and Tripling, critically acclaimed movies such as Ujda Chaman and Subh Mangal Zyada; actress Maanvi Gagroo is undoubtedly the country’s most loved OTT star. Four More Shots Please!, Season 2 in which she plays Siddhi, one of the four protagonists, recently got the best comedy series category nomination for the International Emmys 2020. The Amazon original also became the streaming service’s most-watched Indian original show of 2020. Basking in the show’s success and post lockdown blues, Maanvi Gagroo let her hair down in the latest episode of Filmfare Spotlight with Filmfare Digital Editor, Rahul Gangwani.
The extroverted and bubbly actress spoke about her personal journey through the variety of roles she has played. Talking about her confrontations with the need for body positivity, she says, “I never considered myself fat or not attractive until I began working in the industry. At the beginning of my career, many people told me how I am not skinny enough to play a lead actress or healthy enough to play a fat girl’s character. You are in the middle so either put on weight or lose weight. And I was always like WHY, this is who I am, normal girls look like this. Why does it have to be about weight at all I mean a character’s definition or description can’t be based on his or her physicality.”
On how Four More Shots Please helped her fashion evolution, she shares, “Personally I became much more comfortable with my body, although I was never uncomfortable with my body, I did have certain things like I would not wear shorts or something. But post Four More Shots Please I have only worn shorts. Because I used to feel conscious about my legs being bigger than other girls, so those things were taken care of and it happened very subconsciously. This was something that Anu Menon the director of the season one pointed it out to me. After we finished shooting season one we had met one day for lunch or something and she said “do you realise that you have started dressing up like Siddhi” I was like yeah you are right and I had not realised that at all until she pointed it out”
Watch her talk candidly about love, work, friendship and much more in the latest episode of Filmfare Spotlight. New episodes every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday @ 12 PM exclusively on Filmfare’s social media platforms.