Women-centric films such as Chak De India, Queen and Dangal have fared really well at the box office as it is something new and refreshing in Bollywood. Even Vidya Balan was part of women-centric films like The Dirty Picture and her upcoming film Begum Jaan touches the same subject.
Speaking about the growth of women-centric films in Bollywood, Vidya Balan quipped, "If you look around, girls and women are no longer playing supporting roles. Women are no longer just someone's daughter, wife or mother. We have an identity and that is translating on-screen. So, those kind of stories are being written. I was at the right place, at the right time. I took the opportunities when they came my way."
When asked how she feels when people credit her for doing women-centric films, she said, "I am glad that I am credited for it. However, it is just the function of the time we are living in. We are ready to tell these kinds (women-centric) of stories."
Vidya further commented, "I get drawn to scripts where the woman has a very substantial role. And therefore, women-centric films appeal to me. By that I don't mean that I have to play the central role. My character has to be such where, if she doesn't achieve anything in the beginning of the film, she ends up doing that at the end. Those kind of stories inspire me in real life as well."