Vidya Balan: I was a victim of Sexism in the early days of my career
Vidya was angered by the amount of sexism she faced in the industry.
Actor Vidya Balan recently made a startling revelation about the presence of sexism in the industry. Amidst the sexual misconduct happening in Hollywood, Vidya reveals there's sexism in Bollywood too.
The Tumhari Sullu actor was present at the launch of a Business Magazine, she expressed that the film industry can be really sexist and she did face a fair amount of sexism in the initial phase of her career. Balan said, "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 the story?" she shared.
Vidya pointed that she has been very lucky to have debuted into the industry with a film like Parineeta.
"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", she said.
She was asked if she is a feminist, on which she opinionated, "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".
About acting, she said, "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".
Talking about her work, Vidya Balan's upcoming film Tumhari Sulu is scheduled to release on 17th November, 2017.