Vidya Balan on facing body shaming; Says, 'I was in a battle with my body'

Vidya Balan has always been vocal about her thoughts and opinions for which the talented actress was always appreciated. The actress has been time and again questioned for her weight and recently she spoke about the grave issue of body shaming and how it affected her mental state.
Vidya Balan on facing body shaming; Says, 'I was in a battle with my body'Vidya Balan on facing body shaming; Says, 'I was in a battle with my body'
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Vidya Balan is one of the most talented performers of the Indian film industry and carved an impressive niche for herself through her versatile performances over the years. But the actress has always been under the scanner for her weight and has faced the brunt of it and brutal trolling regarding her weight on social media too. The Tumhari Sulu actress has always been vocal about the body shaming she faced and has never shied away on speaking about the subject.

Vidya Balan recently opened up about how the body shaming took a toll on her mental state in an interview with a daily. She revealed, “(There was) a part of my life, I was in a battle with my body. I was angry with it, hated it, and I wanted it to change, because I thought if my body changed, then I would be acceptable to everyone. I would be worthy of love. But even at my thinnest, when I managed to lose a lot of weight (it happened a few times) I realised that I wasn’t fully acceptable to everyone. So really there’s no point in trying to change yourself to suit others’ needs and ideals.”

Vidya then went on to say how she started being happier after embracing her body in a positive way and truly loving herself. She further added, “I began to accept and respect my body, and it’s been a long journey. I find myself happier, I feel beautiful. I think the best gift I have given to myself is that I won’t let anyone make me feel differently about my body today.” Vidya has always been an inspiration when talking about embracing oneself and she called the need to constantly talk about one’s body extremely annoying. She further added, “What amazes me is that people talk about the body so much. You enter a place and people are only having these conversations ‘Oh! You have lost weight…’ ‘you have put on weight’ ‘what diet are you on, what exercise regiment?’… it’s so annoying really, it’s so limiting. I honestly feel that I definitely don’t enjoy these conversations, and I feel people talk about the body so easily, judge another’s body, make comments, because it’s visible, it’s out there. Why do we not turn around and tell these people, who fat shame us, that you should actually be ashamed because you have got such a small mind? Nothing you do can ever change that, exercise, diet, the right kind of sleep, maybe medication!... whatever can even change our body, but nothing can change your mind! (laughs) God bless you.” Vidya Balan will soon be seen in the film Mission Mangal opposite Akshay Kumar.


We can see enough of actors who spend half of the day in gyms and salons and do not care about understanding their characters or minds

The fact that people want to watch her movies and that tumhari sulu and paa were great successes prove that audience is formed of regular people and regular people do not look like a model. Those roles were not meant to be item girls or show skin

All the roles that she got when she lost weight, were very unlike her. She tried to be someone she is not, that is a hot bimbo in a senseless character without much to do. We have enough of those in bollywood. Vidya has something which others don’t have and that is why she still gets good roles. This trend of bodybuilding and item girls has led to “actors” who cannot act but be known for their “style”

i just dont understand what the problem is.....u r in the glamour industry vidya...a bollywood actress and being in shape is one of the most important aspects of this profession along with acting talent.Rather than working on it she always vents out her frustation at ppl who question her about her weight.

Is it so difficult to understand that everybody is different. Its not just diet and exercise. There is genetic makeup which decides your metabolism and hormonal imbalance. People with insulin resistance gain weight even without eating much. Yes exercise helps to certain extent, but not to turn you into a thin stick figure ala bollywood standard of beauty. The kind of clothes the “style queens” of bollywood wear fit a certain body type and not regular people.

Loose some weight vidya or else move on

So the commenters above are definitely one of those who body shame!

Let’s move on ms. Balan.

Honestly, the kind of movies Vidya did when she was skinny were all bad barring Bhool Bhulaiya.

Kismet Konnection, Hey Baby, Salaam-E-Ishq, Halla Bol, etc.

I don't care for how much weight she gained but actresses do have to keep up an "image" Vidya not only gained a lot of weight but her sense of style is horrible and she doesn't appeal to the youth anymore.

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