Eating vegan is good for you and animals. That’s why some of the most famous faces in film keep meat, eggs, and dairy off their plates – to be healthy, eco-friendly, and kind to animals. And it shows! Check out which vegan celebs top the list of plant-based popularity:
“My character, Tarika, from Angrezi Medium helped me discover vegan foods, and it completely changed my mindset and gave me a clearer perspective on life,” says Radhika. “I have a lot of leafy greens, sattu is my source of protein, and there’s so much variety contrary to what people think. I encourage everyone to try being plant-based – help the animals and yourself, too!”
“My diet is mostly raw fruits and raw veggies. I was on a fruitarian diet for nearly a year when I was shooting for Class,” says Chintan, who now eats gluten-free and vegan.
Riteish Deshmukh And Genelia Deshmukh
Actor-couple Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh turned vegan three years ago, and they say the lifestyle has brought about noticeable changes in their lives.
“Our energy levels while working out are much higher compared to when we were non-vegetarian. It feels like the body has more oxygen,” says Riteish.
Genelia describes in an interview how her eldest son, Riaan Deshmukh, prompted her vegan journey a few years ago: “He came home from school and told me, ‘Aai, you love Flash (our dog) and you eat chicken. Both are animals. What’s the difference?’ That put me on the road to understanding what I was doing.”
“There are many myths around dairy products, especially milk,” says Aindrita. “[B]ut our body does not require milk after a certain age and, in fact, rejects it. Also, dairy farming is not how it is marketed or advertised; cows are tortured and forcibly impregnated. The calves are stolen from lactating mothers. But nobody cares where the milk is coming from.” She adds, “There are a lot of options for those who want to turn vegan. From vegan milk and cheese to vegan ghee and curd – options are plenty.”
“Although I have always loved animals and am very enthusiastic about caring and rescuing them, I was a meat eater until 2012. I once consumed chicken. This transformation in my life didn’t start until I saved a baby chick – you know, one of those chicks you frequently see in the market, coloured in crazy vivid colours. When I spotted some kids playing with this newborn chick nearby, I decided to take it in as my own,” she says. “I didn’t give it much thought at the time; it was just a whim, but as it developed, I realised there was nothing special about the way this chick acted in comparison to my other pets. Cats have always been my pet. When I came to that realisation, something really hit me, and I made the decision to stop eating chicken. That was the starting point of my transition to veganism.”
“Growing up, I ate a lot of seafood. In fact, the first solid food that I ate was shrimps and prawns. I don’t miss it anymore. In fact, I wish I had eaten only vegetables since childhood and grown up as a vegan, but better late than never,” says Zahrah. “It was also very difficult to give up dairy. But when I gave up dairy and noticed the difference in my body and my health, there was no chance of me going back to dairy products or even giving it a second thought.”
“I was not into dairy products, but I used to love cheese. But then I saw a very brutal video, and then something happened to me. It had such a deep impact that I couldn’t consume dairy anymore,” said Soundarya while she was inside the Big Boss house. Soundarya has been a vegetarian since birth and later transitioned to a vegan lifestyle.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Samantha uses her social media platforms to share vegan delights she find while travelling, inspiring her many fans. The Times of India reports: “She believes in enjoying delicious, cruelty-free food and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while travelling. This shows that it’s possible to explore the world while staying true to one’s values.”
Vegan actress Wamiqa Gabbi reportedly “believes in eating a wholesome diet and loves organic vegetarian food”. The article by WION states how she inspires others, too: “[T]he Punjabi beauty is known to encourage her family, friends, and fans to start eating vegan food. Guess all we can say is, make way for yet another budding vegan superstar, Bollywood!”
While sharing her favourite sweet dishes on Instagram, Sneha informed her followers that she is vegan and an animal rights activist.
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Ayesha’s performance in the hit thriller Wanted isn’t the only thing blowing people’s minds: she also spares animals’ lives by eating vegan and even got her mum and sister to follow suit. The Bollywood star explains that after learning about the way animals raised for eggs and dairy are abused, confined, and slaughtered, the former vegetarian said goodbye to eating all animal-derived products forever.
Known for her many starring roles in blockbuster films such as Murder, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, and Welcome, screen queen Mallika Sherawat is also a vegan hero to animals. “If I had to pick the very best thing about being vegan, it’s my clear conscience”, says Sherawat, who was also crowned PETA India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2011.
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