"I always believe in observing, learning and growing.”
Indian television actress Divyanka Tripathi has responded to the internet trolls who commented on her figure.
The serial star has appeared on the small screen for years but became a household name after participating in reality shows.
Most notably, she emerged as the winner in dance competition Nach Baliye 8 (2017) with her actor husband Vivek Dahiya.
Tripathi then came runner up in stunt reality series Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 (2021), losing out to Arjun Bijlani.
This is when the actress was trolled for her figure, and she has now responded to in an interview with the Times of India.
She said: “A woman does not need to have a size-zero figure or look like Angelina Jolie to be a wonder woman.
“Our society has always supported a particular body type or figure to be labelled as perfect, which is quite disappointing.
“I don’t know why our mindset has such a preconceived approach.
“I was never the best, but I always had the zeal to learn.”
Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Tripathi continued:
“I always believed in myself and that’s the only reason that I could perform well in the show.
“I never aborted any task.
“It’s all in our brain to win or lose and I always believe in observing, learning and growing.”
She made her debut in a television film for public service broadcaster Doordarshan and then took on some presenting and small acting roles.
However, the actress’ big break came when she was cast in Zee TV’s Banoo Main Teri Dulhann (2006 – 2009) playing the dual roles of Vidya and Divya.
Tripathi received recognition for the role and her onscreen pairing with Sharad Malhotra.
Speaking of the show, she said: “When I joined the industry with Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, I was very naïve.
“The character of Vidya taught me a lot in terms of acting as I had no training in the craft.
“This role grilled me, groomed me and prepared me for some challenging roles.”
The television star then landed another lead role in Star Plus’ Ye Hai Mohabbatein (2013 – 2019) where she played Dr Ishita Iyer Bhalla opposite Karan Patel.
Discussing upcoming projects, Tripathi said:
“If I am offered a negative role for a film or a web show, I am fine with it, but definitely not for a TV show.
“Women are always put in a category and welcomed in a restricted way on Indian TV.
“So, there is not much scope for negative roles on TV.”