Vidya Balan on Body Image: “I Will Not Be Made to Feel Bad for My Body"
Vidya Balan was body-shamed early on in her career, but it was the love and support from friends and family that made her love herself.
Bollywood star Vidya Balan started her career with a famous TV sitcom, Hum Paanch back in 1995. She later forayed into the world of films, but it wasn’t until 2005’s Parineeti opposite Saif Ali Khan that put her name out there. The actress then went on to star in multiple films that managed to fare well at the box office. She was also being talked about in the industry, however, this had very little to do with her acting capabilities and more about her body and the clothes she wore. In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Vidya revealed why decided to stop feeling guilty about the way she looked and began loving herself.
The starlet said, “In those days, there weren’t that many stylists. I was trying to do western wear, because I thought it was the thing to do, despite being uncomfortable in it. That’s what backfired.” Vidya added that it was the support she received from friends and family that made her accept her body, something she was shamed for by many, including one of her former boyfriends. “I fought and hated my body for a long time. A lot of young girls might have these issues but you’ve to work towards loving and accepting yourself,” shared the 40-year-old star.
Vidya also shared that she would get offers for exciting roles but all of them required her to lose weight. But she refused any of such that came her way. Her response to such producers was, “I will not be made to feel bad for my body. I’m going through some challenges and I exercise regularly. I eat correct. I even tried to change my lifestyle but this is my body. I’m not going to think that I’m not hero material because I don’t fit a certain size. But if you think your hero needs to be a certain size, please go and cast someone else.”