What Vidya Balan Learnt After Pic With Fan: "I'm No Longer Scared"
Vidya Balan, actress has challenged Bollywood and societal norms through her films and personal choices. The actress is known for breaking down barriers, despite having to speak about body image and embracing the saree in a sea full of fashionable gowns. Vidya shared her story in an Instagram photo, describing how her encounter with a young girl made her reconsider her body image. Sharing two mirror selfies that feature both her face profiles, Vidya writes, “A few days ago, at an event this pretty girl comes up to me for a pic. It was quite crowded and I tried to take as many photos as possible. The crowd was jostling, and the girl returned for another shot in the middle. My manager (who is very sharp) promptly told her, ‘Aapne toh le liya…plz aur nahi’. To which she said, ‘Galat side se liya,main achchi nahi lag rahi ,yeh post nahi kar paungi’.
The fan refused to quit and followed Vidya Balan until she took the perfect selfie. “She was miserable and followed me to the car ,relentless in her pursuit to get the perfect picture ..almost making it sound like her life depended on it…I obliged …I then got into the car bemused…and it made me think.”
“You know I’ve always preferred my left profile over my right…but overtime as I started on this journey of trying to love and accept myself a little more each day, I realised that liking one profile meant liking one part of me to the exclusion of the otherbe,” Vidya writes about how her own past insecurities, adding, “[Be]because I hated my right profile and liked my left. I would tell photographers and cinematographers to avoid shooting me from the right…I would be scared if someone shot me from the right cuz I thought it was my ugly side.It was almost like the fear of being found out.”
But today things are different and the actress has “growing acceptance and love for every part of me and all of me,” Vidya confesses. “I don’t care where I’m being shot from. That side of me is not something I am afraid of. Truth be told,today not only do i like my right profile, I actually love it… and not because my right profile changed but because i realised it’s never going to.What changed is the way I looked at myself and that changed how I see myself.”