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"In preparation [for Bollywood/Hollywood], I starved myself. I told myself that I was making a Western film and Western actresses have to be very thin. [...] But when I showed up on the first day Deepa [Mehta]'s eyes widened in surprise. On the second day of rehearsals, she pulled me aside. 'I'm concerned about how you look,' she said. 'You need to put on some weight.' She was the first person, other than my parents, who had ever said that to me. Deepa is a blunt force, in the best way possible. [...] It was an intervention, and it worked."
-- Lisa Ray


Source:
Ray, Lisa. Close to the Bone. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2020. (pp. 120-121)