In photo: Vidya Balan in a still from her upcoming film 'Tumhari Sulu'. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The journalist asked Vidya if she would lose weight for a 'glamorous role'
It's the 21st century where women-oriented films rule the box office, Yet, there are certain people who still feel that actresses need to look a certain way to be called mainstream heroines. Vidya Balan, two-time National award-winning actress, literally has filmmakers writing roles for her where she plays the main protagonist. She is hailed for her work, her spunk and more importantly for taking up roles that no one ever thinks they can. Yet the actress is subjected to questions that are downright insulting to her stature.
Recently, during a promotional event of her upcoming film Tumhari Sulu, the actress was asked by a reporter when she would be losing weight for a film. A suitably shocked and amused Vidya asked. " What is the connection between women-oriented films and weight loss?" The reporter further prodded and asked, "For a glamorous role?" To which Vidya calmly answered, " I am very happy with what I'm doing. It'd be great if there could be a change in people's perception."
Hailed for being a method actor, Vidya had put on weight in 2012 to play Silk Smitha in The Dirrty Picture. At a time when there is so much conversation about how it is important to be healthy and not skinny-and that no particular body type is ideal- surely this question is uncalled for.
More power to you, Vidya.