National-award winning actress Vidya Balan feels that portrayal of women in films is still stereotypical to a great extent.
With films like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Paa’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Kahaani’ and now ‘Bobby Jassos’ to her credit, Vidya acknowledged efforts are being done by some filmmakers to break the mould.
“I think it (portrayal of actresses) is changing and it will keep changing for a while. Change is never absolute but we have definitely taken a few baby steps towards the change (in portrayal of actresses in films),” Vidya told PTI in an interview.
She said only five per cent portrayals are trying to do something new and break away from the convention.
“I think 95 per cent of the portrayal is still very stereotypical and only five per cent portrayals are attempting something different, more realistic like ‘Bobby’ (her film ‘Bobby Jassos’),” the actress said.
Vidya, 36, said that her character in ‘Bobby Jasoos’ was more realistic and not conventional.
“It is not like that I have to be serious, sharp and stylish for being a detective. I am a real girl and untrained, I am not like Sherlock Holmes and any of his ilk,” she added.
“In Bobby’s case there is certain simplicity and innocence which I am learning along the way and is very real. So I think the portrayals are getting more interesting because they are getting realistic but they are just five per cent of the kind of films that are getting made,” the actress said.
Vidya said she opted for out-of-box films primarily because she got bored doing same stuff again on screen and hence looks for something unusual before giving her nod for a project.
“I am just someone who gets bored easily so I need to do different things. I lose interest beyond a point otherwise. As an actor one gets to live the life of different people on screen… And today I am getting more variety to do it (different roles).
“In the past seven years the variety of roles have started expanding and I am picking up the best of the opportunities that are coming my way. I am enjoying this variety and it keeps me interested,” Vidya said.
When asked why other actresses are not attempting out-of-box roles much, Vidya quipped, “May be they don’t get bored easily. I just get very fidgety.”
Vidya said that her fellow actress Kangna Ranaut was doing something different which is commendable.
“I think Kangana is doing really something different and nice work. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen ‘Queen’ but I heard she is unbelievable.
“I always had liking for Kangana. I remember watching ‘Fashion’ and I think she was incredible in the film. I think she is extremely bold and brave person and that is why she is like that in her continued…