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Twinkle Khanna Reveals She Was ‘Starving’ While Shooting A Song For Shah Rukh Khan's 'Baadshah'

Actress-author Twinkle Khanna reveals she was starving while shooting 'Baadshah' with Shah Rukh Khan.

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Former actress Twinkle Khanna has had a memorable career in the 1990s and early 2000s before she began writing. While fans know of her iconic film 'Baadshah' as a comedy, Twinkle Khanna recently recalled her experience of shooting the song 'Mohabbat Ho Gayee' from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer film.

Speaking with Shrayana Bhattacharya on Suitable Conversations, Twinkle described feeling like a gas canister due to her diet solely consisting of chickpeas at that point of time, only to be able to fit in an outfit designed by Manish Malhotra. She disclosed that according to the public opinion of actresses claiming they don't diet, it's quite the opposite: many of them are actually starving.

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Twinkle said, “I know you see all these actresses saying that they don’t diet and they eat everything; it’s not true, most of them are starving. I was starving, if you want your stomach to be flat in all those catsuits that we used to wear—I don’t know why we wore them. This was my own brainwave that I’m going to live on channa. For some reason, being Gujarati, I felt that was also cheap, and you know, I could get it easily wherever I went. So, this was my diet.”

She talked about the song 'Mohabbat Ho Gayee' from the film and said, "In this song, he had to lift me up, and I was so scared that I would explode like the gas canisters in the Parliament, but I didn’t. So if you see my teeth clenching there, other things are also clenching and just holding on, but yes, I survived that bit as well.”

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She went on to discuss the reviews she received after the film was released. "I did have a review from that movie which only centered around my navel, that was it. And at that time, nobody protested; this was perfectly fine. We didn’t think it was misogynistic. In fact, I think I thanked the writer.”

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Still from 'Baadshah Venus Movies

Twinkle became an author after leaving her acting career. She introduced her fourth book, 'Welcome to Paradise,' on Instagram last month, revealing the cover and talking about the book. She shared “Welcome to Paradise, my 4th book, is a collection of stories that explore the depths of heartbreak, relationships, and deception. Some of these characters have lived inside my head for the last five years, and now they are ready to meet all of you.”

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