Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, popularly called NaMo, has been a strict vegetarian since birth. His vegetarian state dinner in the USA with the then American President Barack Obama made a lot of headlines. Even during his trip to UAE in February 2018, celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor was called to Dubai to cook some lip-smacking vegetarian meal for NaMo.
Amitabh Bachchan, the 'Shahenshah' of Bollywood has been a vegetarian for several years. He not only refrains himself from eating meat but has also given up smoking, alcohol, coffee and even tea. Big B was rewarded the most popular vegetarian celebrity in India by PETA. We've all seen how fit Senior Bachchan is, haven't we?
Bollywood's perfectionist Amir Khan loved eating fish, chicken and meat but adopted the path of vegetarianism after his wife Kiran Rao, showed him a video of 15 popular diseases and what diet to follow to prevent them. The actor decided to go meatless just before his 50th Birthday in 2015.
Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, has been a vegetarian throughout his life. Although he did try eating meat for several months, he couldn't maintain it for long as he was repelled by the taste and smell. Usually, Kejriwal prefers non-spicy foods as he is unable to handle chillies. And when he travels, he likes to munch roasted gram and moong dal.
Amongst the new crop of actors, Alia Bhatt has also sworn off meat to embrace vegetarianism and seems to be enjoying the new change in her lifestyle. The happiest after this transformation is her father, Mahesh Bhatt who has been a vegetarian throughout his life.
The Bollywood babe Lisa Haydon refrained herself from becoming non-vegetarian ever since she was a child. Haydon claims that her mother's cooking has kept her away from non-vegetarian food. She is not only a vegetarian but also a vegan, which means she keeps herself away from any dairy products as well.
India cricketer Virender Sehwag has been a pure vegetarian since his childhood. His daily diet only includes vegetarian food items and he simply loves eating kheer. The cricketer even owns a few vegetarian restaurants.
Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor is one of the most avid supporters of vegetarian food for several years. Rumours have it that the Batti Gul Meter Chalu actor even motivated his ex-girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. The book Life is Fair, which was gifted to the actor by his father Pankaj Kapoor is the reason why he became a vegetarian.
The 'Father of the Nation' Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, famously known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu, was one of the most famous vegetarians. He only consumed vegetarian food and often undertook various long fasts for the purpose of political protest. He was also a member of the committee at the Vegetarian Society
One of the most feared Wrestlers in the entire world, Sushil Kumar manages to grapple his victory without meat or eggs. He claims that the reduced menu presented by "pure" vegetarianism (aka lacto vegetarianism) is actually a benefit, making his life simpler.
The Sri Lankan beauty, who is a sensation in Bollywood, adopted a vegan lifestyle and has been happily following the diet. Jacqueline claims that she turned in to a vegan so as to do her bit in protecting the environment and safeguarding her health. The actress has been promoting vegetarianism and asking her fans, family and friends to follow a similar lifestyle.
Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat considers being vegetarian very 'close to her heart'. She has been a vegetarian since her childhood and believes she has a clear conscience due to the same. She was named Sexiest Vegetarian alive by PETA
Indian chess Grandmaster, Viswanathan Anand has also adopted the path of vegetarianism since his childhood. He claims that all his success is due to the strict diet that he follows. Since Anand follows a meat-free diet, he does not get mentally exhausted, as per his claims.
Former President of India, poet, scientist and teacher APJ Abdul Kalam is also a famous vegetarian and managed to keep up to the foodstuff throughout his life
Bollywood's 'Queen' Kangana Ranaut was a non-vegetarian throughout her life before she shifted base to Mumbai. She hails the decision and considers it creating a positive effect on her life. She was even named Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity by PETA in 2013
Hollywood actress Kate Winslet turned to vegetarian food later in her life. She has also been an active PETA activist for many years. She has even gone on to post videos on boycotting restaurants that serve foie gras, which is a dish created from duck or goose liver
King of Pop and legendary singer Michael Jackson was also a hardcore vegetarian which he began during his teenage years.
One of the most popular name in the world of cricket commentary, Harsha Bhogle has been vegetarian by choice since the age of 17. He took the decision to turn vegetarian after walking through a lane of meat shops. However, he is not an activist vegetarian. Interestingly, no one in Harsha's family is a vegetarian.
Model, actress and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has been vegetarian for many years now. Last year she celebrated 20 years as a PETA activist. Through her blog, she often tries to convince her fans and followers to go the vegetarian way
Tennis legend and former Grand Slam winner and world number one Martina Navratilova is also a vegetarian, even though she eats fish on certain occasions.
Indian historian and writer Ramchandra Guha has also admitted to being a vegetarian and has followed the diet strictly
South Indian actor Dhanush, who has also tasted success in Bollywood, follows a strict vegetarian diet. Moreover, the Ranjhana star is also an active promoter of vegetarianism. In the year 2011, PETA awarded him as the hottest vegetarian of the year. The Kolaveri Di singer also believes in eating no meat products.
Tennis star and Grand Slam winner Venus Williams turned vegan despite her autoimmune disease. Although, she cannot be entirely vegan, she alters her diet as and when the occasion calls for it
Perks of being a vegetarian are countless and several celebrities who influence the daily lives of people have also embraced vegetarianism. While some celebs have been following vegetarianism since childhood few other famous personalities have given up on nonvegetarian diets to become vegetarians for various reasons such as health concerns, or ethical reasons such as animal rights. These famous personalities have adopted the path of vegetarianism and leading a happy life with it. On World Vegetarian day today, we look at some famous celebrities who are vegetarians
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