Vidya Balan is one actress who never followed the norms and always did what she felt was right! But even a bold and confident actor like her faced a lot of sexism in Bollywood.
In a candid chat with a leading daily, Vidya Balan revealed some shocking truths about the industry where she was given a totally different treatment just because she is a woman. Read her explosive statements below.
When She Was Paid Less Than The Actor Even When He Had A Smaller Role
‘'There was a film, and I won't name the actor, out of respect for him, but there was a film in which I was playing the bigger role, and he was getting paid more. And that bothered me. Because I am playing the bigger role! I am putting in more effort! I am not asking you to pay me for nothing, but you can't pay him double of what you are paying me. These things - like waiting for an actor endlessly, while I am ready on the set - bothered me. ‘'
Khoon Khaulta Tha Mera
''I do think there is an inherent sexism when you say you are the hero of the film, but I also know where it is coming from. Considering that all this while, heroes have been the centre of every film for decades. So I let that be. But I began to feel a sense of vindication, because there was anger in me. When I was told multiple times for several films that the hero has given the dates so you have to adjust, we won't get his dates later. Khoon khaulta tha mera. I might be committed to some other film, but I would have to change things around.''
Why Male Actors Are Not Asked About Their Marriage
"In interviews I get asked about my marriage and when I am having a child, time and again. There are other actors, male actors, who have gotten married. Obviously they are not asked, 'when are you impregnating your wife?' They are not even asked, 'how is your married life going?' For me to be asked that all the time - it is excessive. Because I do have an identity outside being a married woman. ‘'
People Are Taken Aback When I Say I Am The Most Important Person In My Life
''Today, I very proudly tell people, that I am the most important person in my life. And sometimes people are taken aback, because as a married woman, I should be saying that Siddharth is the most important person in my life. I love Siddharth, but I am still the most important person in my life. If you think I am being selfish, self-centred, self-consumed, self-absorbed, self-indulgent - I don't care! This is what it is. It is high time!''
In the same interview, Vidya Balan also revealed an interesting incident which made her very happy, ''I'll never forget this gentleman who called me on the day Ishqiya released and said, 'aapne film hero jaise promote ki aur aap film ki hero hain'. And I was thrilled at the compliment, because I worked really hard to promote the film.''
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''Naseer saab was not promoting the film and Arshad was not there for all the promotions. But I went everywhere in that synthetic sari, promoting the film. But I was happy that I was doing all I could to get as many people as possible into the theatres,'' she said.
Vidya Balan added, ''And then, much later, after several films, when The Dirty Picture released, I remember getting this call from the owner of this cinema in Bandra and he said, 'madam aap toh hero hain'. And I was thinking, that not that I set out to do this, not that I set out to prove a point, but I followed my instincts as an actor.''