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Times of India
An obese-but-happy Sweety's (Anushka) poise goes for a toss when she finds out that a prospective groom she likes is in love with a slender Simran (Sonal). Watching Sweety try to shed the extra pounds is easy; it's not like you're burning calories.
Are you a girl who has always been chubby and dreamt of getting that oh-so-desired lean frame, because that's the "perfect" way to be? Size Zero is the movie you will definitely relate to. Parents with a daughter of "marriageable age", who is on the heavier side of the weighing scale and friends who have this endearing chubby friend who makes you laugh, well, this is a story for you too.
Soundarya aka Sweety (Anushka), is a level-headed girl who likes to call herself "healthy" and isn't perturbed when people make fun of her obese frame. She believes that 'happiness brings beauty'. She loves running to the railway station to weigh herself. But what she looks for isn't her weight, rather she is excited about the message behind the weight ticket. 'Await a happy ending' says one of them.
Sweety is waiting for her prince charming who arrives in the form of Abhi (Arya), a documentary filmmaker, albeit with a girl in tow — Simran (Sonal Chauhan) who has come all the way from London to "clean India".
Sweety's world brings with it many interesting characters. Mother, Raji (Urvashi), who wants to find an NRI groom for her; a grandpa (Gollapudi Maruti Rao) who keeps feeding her jilebis and laddos at every opportunity; friend (Pavani) who is obsessed about losing weight to become a beauty queen. The most interesting inclusion in her life is Size Zero Satyanand (Prakash Raj) who promises "quick" weight loss.
The first half is the best part of the film, albeit being cliched. Simple instances like people walking away from Sweety because there's a prettier (read thinner) girl next to her, and an emotional scene in which Sweety vents out that she is tired of being a friend to everyone are very relatable.
Prakash Kovelamudi and Kanika Dhillon take you into a world of jilebis (a plate of jilebi crops up once every 10 minutes!), laddos and kheema samosas and oh, there are fortune cookies too. However, what could have been a perfect package changes track as the story moves ahead. Sweety turns an activist, disgusted with the lies and unethical practises of slimming centres. There's confusion as to what the makers are trying to say. Should the girl embrace her obese body? Must she lose weight? Or should she slim down healthily? Too many preachy things are being told here.
The fact that Anushka is a great performer needs no endorsement but this film proves why she is a star. She revels in the role of Sweety and her performance is the film's biggest USP. She is ably supported by skillful performances by Arya, Urvashi, Bharat, Prakash Raj Gollapudi and Sonal Chauhan.
Size Zero is slow at times and can go into a sermon mode but then it packs some moments which will make you laugh out loud. You could watch this film anyway because there's no effort and it's not like you are burning any calories!