Vidya Balan has never been the one to mince her words. She won’t hesitate in calling a spade a spade if she is convinced. And one thing that she has always stood up against is bodyshaming. At a time when actresses stop at nothing less than a size zero, she flaunts her curves and owns it like a boss! So imagine her obvious ire when a journalist tried to shade her.
Recently, at an event, when a reporter asked her if she will continue doing women-centric movies or concentrate on decreasing her weight, the actress was shocked. But not one to back down, she slammed the reporter saying, “I am happy with what I am doing. If you guys just change the outlook then it will be a great help.”
A perfect reply, to say the least. Previously too, Vidya Balan has tackled this question politely a number of times. In a recent interview with Indian Express, she discussed her idea, “You know I was a fat child, but I was a happy child, I thought I was beautiful, that’s how I was made to feel about myself at home. And then when I stepped out, people started telling me how I should lose weight and started teasing me too. And then, while growing up as a teenager you are bothered about the opposite sex and when you want their attention, all this becomes very crucial for and you start believing that maybe I won’t get the attention I need if I am not thin! I tried to lose weight, I went through crash diets, I spent a large part of my life dismissing and rejecting, and being sorry about my body. And then I realised that there is no end to it. Becoming an actor had a huge role to play in that, at various points I lost weight, I worked out crazy, I starved myself, but my weight would come back because this is my body structure.”
She further told the portal, “But you know, whatever body I have been in, I have had desires – bodily desires. I felt attractive, it didn’t stop me from wanting to live my life to the fullest. So I realised that these are the limitations in other people’s heads which they impose upon me, because they have a certain ideal, and now I don’t fit into that and I am okay. I am not going to take away from the fact that I am still a living, pulsating human being. I decided that at least I should be on my side, because otherwise there is no end to rejecting your body and spending a lifetime doing that.”