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Vidya Balan is one of the most talented actresses of her generation. She is known for her intense performances, charismatic personality and gorgeous beauty. She made her film debut in 2003 with the Bengali film, Bhalo Theko. Later, in 2005, she made her path-breaking Hindi film debut with the iconic film, Parineeta, which immediately carved stardom for her, post which she never looked back on her career. However, despite making such a flourishing career, she often gets called out and criticised for her slightly curvy, overweight body, which she has quite boldly slammed shut. And now, the diva talked about the same again.
During a masterclass on Women and Glass Ceiling at the 54th International Film Festival of India, Vidya Balan talked about how she has never bothered herself by constantly thinking about her bodily appearance, especially while having a career in front of the camera. Moreover, she revealed how she has always emphasised how people judge themselves which is what that matters. In her words:
“My size has never mattered to me when I face the camera. I love the camera so much I trust it so much that I believe that it will always love me back. Forget about how they are judged, how do they judge themselves is important. When you look into the mirror, how you feel. And if you don’t feel good, it’s okay. We are humans and we have good and bad days, but fake it till you make it. Tell yourself that I love and accept myself, a little more everyday, and it really works. We women have allowed our bodies to form such a large part of our identities.”
Moving further in the conversation, the actress recalled how she easily got influenced by what people said about her bodily appearance and weight and added how it fuelled her to start hating her own self, to the extent that she wouldn’t want to face the mirror. She mentioned that such thoughts used to make her fall sick often. She mentioned:
“I had realised I was only sending hate towards my body. I was constantly saying it, ‘You are not what I want you to be’. And therefore, I was constantly falling sick.”
Continuing with the revelation, Vidya then shared her experience of working with a healer, who made her realise the fact that by abusing her own body, she was setting aside something which actually kept her alive. In addition, she added that meeting with the healer made her start to feel great about herself and accept both good and bad about her body. She said:
“I started working with a healer 12 years ago and I realised that you are abusing the very thing that’s keeping you alive. It has been a gamechanger since then, because today, however I wake up in the morning, I feel good about myself, and on days I don’t, I then tell myself, ‘It’s okay, tomorrow will be a new day. Let me live with what I am feeling today.”
In an earlier interview with Luke Coutinho, Vidya Balan spoke about body positivity. The diva highlighted the severe body image issues she suffered as a child and added that her mother made her follow a strict diet early on in life. She stated that her mother was afraid that she would be judged for being chubby, so she would do things to make her lose weight.
What do you think about Vidya’s revelations?
Vidya Balan is one of the most stunning actresses of her time. She has played a noteworthy role in several films. However, her debut role in Pradeep Sarkar’s 2005 film, Parineeta, has etched a beautiful place in the hearts of her millions of fans. Although this film gave immense stardom to Vidya, she wasRead More