Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan: I faced sexism in my early days


Vidya-BalanIn the wake of recent sexual misconduct claims made against the big names of Hollywood, Bollywood actor Vidya Balan has revealed that Bollywood can be really sexist too.

While being present at the launch of a business magazine, the Tumhari Sulu actor shared that the film industry can be really sexist and she did face a fair amount of sexism in the initial phase of her career. Vidya shared, “The film industry has been really nice to me. I’m quite head-strong. But I think it can really be sexist. In the initial phase of my career, I did face a fair amount of sexism. I used to be really angry about that.”

“I was told he has been given dates, so you have to work around them, but I was never asked like that. The male actor would always get a bigger van, a bigger hotel. People would always say like, ‘do you need to listen to story?” she said.

The actor shared that she has been very lucky to have stepped into the industry with a movie like Parineeta, as no one questioned the set of rules she set for herself.

“I was lucky I got into the business with a movie like Parineeta, no one questioned the rules I set for myself. I have been told that a female actor’s life is not much, so you have to look younger. You got to look glamorous. I always told myself no, it is not like that,” noted Vidya.

When asked if she is a feminist, she explained, “I’m a feminist I am not anti-men. There is a huge difference between them. I believe I have the equal right to breathe, live and lead my life as a man does.”

She also shared that her dream is to act for next 40 years as she enjoys the work she does. She shared, “I want to keep acting for next 40 years. This is what I enjoy doing. Nothing has changed since I first decided to be an actor. I don’t have specific goals, I just want to work.”