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Vidya Balan: Sexism is a phenomenon that women deal across the world


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Vidya Balan has given extraordinary performances in films like ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Tumhari Sulu’ and many others. The actress has garnered appreciation from critics and audiences alike. She has also won a National Film Award. Unfortunately, she has been a victim of body shaming throughout her career. While promoting her first radio show in Mumbai recently, Vidya Balan talked about body shaming, sexism, and bullying.

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On the occasion, she was asked to throw light on the issues and how she deals with all of it as a popular actress. The ‘Parineeta’ star answered saying that sexism is a phenomenon that women across the world deal with. She also asserted that it’s not just about the film industry as it’s present everywhere.

The actress said, “I think sexism does exist not only in the film industry but in our society across the globe. I would say that now, I have put myself in a position where it does not affect me. Of course, it has taken a lot and I completely empathize with people who face that. But I probably insulated myself from all these, cannot deny that sexism exists.”

Talking about body shaming, Vidya said, “In my early days, even before I entered the film industry, people said various discouraging things about me, they called me ‘moti’ and I faced body shaming. It really affects our confidence.” The actress concluded saying that while physical fitness is necessary, it shouldn’t aim to create one’s body in a certain way or should be considered to achieve societal standards of looking beautiful.

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On the work front, Vidya Balan will be seen next in ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Mahila Mandali’ and the Tamil film ‘Thala 59’.

Also Read: Vidya Balan opens up on fighting fat-shaming; says, “I’ve stopped watching my shots”

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