She always speaks her mind and we love her for the impactful women-centric films she has done. Few could essay those roles like her. Power-actress, Vidya Balan, celebrated her birthday on January 1 when she turned 38. “Birthday is a special occasion. I am grateful for the life that I have got,” said Balan.

Vidya Balan is indeed an empowered woman. Having been the game changer of mainstream cinema, she always has been one who believes in acting skills rather than focusing on the body. She has dealt with criticism about her body and fashion sense all her life, but couldn’t care less. Recently, Vidya in a chat with Hindustan Times cleared her stand on body-shaming.

“It’s my body, I love my body. It doesn’t matter what people say. Different people will have different things to say. If I look into the mirror and I am happy with what I am wearing, I would just step out. And then I don’t care about what anyone has to say about it,” Vidya said boldly.

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She went on to add, “Over the course of time, I have realised that you can’t please everyone. The world out there will never be happy with you, so you may as well be happy with yourself. The fact that I don’t follow any of the entertainment portals, channels, news or fashion blogs, I don’t watch any of it, neither do I listen to it on radio… I think it really helps retain my sanity.”

Following Kahaani 2’s mixed reviews and how the movie portrayed an inexplicable matter of child sexual assault, the National Award winning actress is all for more such movies to be made.

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“I am grateful for all the appreciation that has come my way for my performance in ‘Kahaani 2’. It’s wonderful that so many women-centric films are being made today,” Vidya told PTI. “It feels wonderful when people credit me for that. It’s about time. I am flattered and humbled but more power to women in 2017,” she added.

The optimistic actress thinks that Bollywood is now sincerely changing its heroic portrayals. On-screen women influencers do make an impact, so more such movies are expected in the long run.

“Women are at the centre of their own lives today and that’s what is getting represented on-screen. Therefore, that kind of stories are being written, and more importantly, people are watching that kind of stories. So, a success of such films has led to more such films been made.”

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Talking about director Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh, Vidya said, “It’s very heartening to see the way people have responded to ‘Kahaani 2’ because it’s a subject (the film focuses on child abuse) people generally don’t want to talk about. It’s such a taboo subject that it was tricky. Everyone who went and saw the film came out saying ‘this is a film every family should watch with their children’… it’s such an important conversation. I am grateful for all the appreciation that has come my way for my performance in ‘Kahaani 2’. It’s wonderful that so many women-centric films are being made today,” Vidya added.

Way to go Vidya!

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