Vidya Balan is one Bollywood actor who has defied all the norms and has carved her own niche in the industry. The Tumhari Sulu actor has time and again said that she finds a saree the most glamorous attire and that she loves her body and has embraced it completely. But there have been times when she has had to deal with questions about her body weight and her weight loss plans.
Recently, while promoting her upcoming release Tumhari Sulu at a press conference, Vidya was asked if she would only be doing women-centric movies or has she thought about losing her weight. Visibly miffed with the question, the actor who has been in her character ever since the release of the trailer of the movie, very politely replied, “I am very happy doing the kind of work I am doing and it will be really great if you people can change your mentality.” This is not the first time that Vidya has condemned body shaming. Earlier, in an interview with indianexpress.com, Vidya said, “There is no end to rejecting your body and spending a lifetime doing that. But what really happens, it is not your body’s fault, your body needs at least one person on its side, and I said to myself that this is my body and I love it.”
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Vidya also opened about the ongoing debate on the existence of sexism in the film industry in the wake of recent sexual misconduct claims made against big names of Hollywood. She shared that the film industry can be really sexist and she did face a fair amount of sexism in the initial phase of her career. Vidya said, “The film industry has been really nice to me. I’m quite head-strong. But I think it can really be sexist. In the initial phase of my career, I did face a fair amount of sexism. I used to be really angry about that.”
Tumhari Sulu will hit the theaters on November 17.