Vidya Balan And Dr Shashi Tharoor Win PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Contest

For Immediate Release:
18 January 2011

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Mumbai – The fans have cast their votes to help People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India determine the winners of the Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity poll, and MP Dr Shashi Tharoor and actor Vidya Balan have been crowned the king and queen. Tharoor and Balan beat out early leaders R Madhavan and Lara Dutta to claim the title after facing stiff competition from the likes of Mallika Sherawat, Natalie Portman, Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor, and Bryan Adams.

“I am vegetarian”, Balan recently told “As a result, my metabolism has improved, and this is a huge contributor to weight loss.”

“I just don’t want to bite into anything which in its natural living state might have bitten me back”, explains Tharoor. “Indian vegetarians have no idea how lucky they are to have vegetarian options everywhere, even in the buffets of five-star hotels.”

“Vidya Balan and Shashi Tharoor embody many admirable qualities, but their commitment to a vegetarian diet that’s as kind to animals and the Earth as it is to their own health makes them true royalty in our book”, says PETA India’s chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura.”All our nominees are winners because there’s nothing more beautiful than a caring heart to go along with an attractive appearance.”

Balan’s first big commercial success came in Rajkumar Hirani’s 2006 film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the 2009 film Paa.

Dr Shashi Tharoor is an accomplished author and social-rights advocate and is currently a member of the Indian Parliament.

For more information and for a list of this year’s nominees, please visit or click here.