From a shy and timid Lolita in Parineeta, Vidya Balan has come a long way. From playing the bold Silk Smita in “The Dirty Picture” to a conniving Widow in “Ishqiya”, and a pregnant woman in search of her husband in “Kahaani”, Vidya Balan has nailed a variety of roles in her career of 14 years. She has proved time and again that she is a versatile actress.
Vidya has not only broken stereotypes on screen but all off screen, all these years. She has defied social expectations of ‘perfect figure’ and proves that she doesn’t need to be size zero to be successful in the entertainment industry.
In a recent interview to Filmfare, Vidya revealed that it has taken a lot of work to accept wher body and not getting bogged down by weight gain.
“I’ve had hormonal problems all my life. It’s probably because of the judgment I’ve carried around my body. When I was a teenager, people would tell me, ‘You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’ It’s not a nice thing to say to anyone. Be it a child or a grown-up. So, I’d starve myself, I’d go through crazy exercise regimens and lose weight. Then the hormonal issue would settle for a bit before it reared its head again.”
She further added,
“Weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain was my pattern for as long as I can remember. Years ago, I stopped watching my shots on the monitor at shoots because I’d look at the monitor and be thinking, ‘Am I looking fat?”
It took her time to stop getting affected by the criticism for not having the ‘perfect body’.
She said, “When people tell me why don’t you start exercising, I want to say f**k you! How do you know I haven’t been exercising? Do you know how hard I exercise? Do you know what challenges I’ve been facing?”
Talking about difficulties she faced for years, she said,
“Do you know that my hormonal problem has made it impossible for me to lose weight for years in between? Not just that, there was a period in between when the more I’d work out, the more I’d put on?”
Vidya also tossed out advice for people who are struggling with negativity about their bodies. Vidya said,
“People would insinuate that you must be eating unhealthy or that you’re lazy. And these things stick with you. It would anger me no end. I kept wanting people to stop judging me. But over time, I realised that people judge you/your body only if you do.”