Remember the famous television child artiste of Comedy Circus? Yes, the cutesy little Gangubai, tickling our funnybones with her fantastic comic timing and one-liners on-stage. Gangubai aka Saloni Daini is 19 today and has undergone massive physical transformation.
In an interview with ETimes TV’s Telly Blazer section, Saloni Daini opened about having faced fat-shaming, rude comments and how she lost a massive 22 kgs during the lockdown. Talking about her professional journey, she said, “Gangubai is my favourite character. I even have a tattoo of ‘Gangubai’ inked on my hand. When I am playing Gangubai, I am the most confident person – I can speak anything and I can do anything I want. I can do anything on stage. But when I am Saloni, I am very calm and ‘shant’. Gangubai is the one that gives me confidence. So when people call me ‘Gangubai’, I love it. That’s my favourite character. I would love being called ‘Gangubai’ even in future. Having said that, I would love to work as Saloni.”
Opening up on her weight loss, Saloni said, “This is the first time I am sharing my weight-loss story. When lockdown had started, I would eat so much ghar pe. Mom would cook momos, butter chicken, cakes and things like that. One day I was sitting in front of my laptop, watching shows. And suddenly, the screen locked and saw my face on the laptop. And I look very chubby. I was 80kgs or something at that time. So I was like this is the point when I have to lose weight for myself. I just wanted to lose weight to be fit and healthy. I followed a diet and worked out every day. Now I am 58. Lockdown has made me lose weight. I would like to thank lockdown because I couldn’t go out and eat junk food.”