Kahaaani actor Vidya Balan is often in the spotlight for questions on body shaming. She was wrongly criticised by Bollywood paparazzi for putting on weight or not getting rid of it. She opened up about body shaming in an interview with Times of India
“For the longest time, I hated my body.” Balan said she is long beyond that conversation now. “It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public and at that time it was so insurmountable. I come from a non-film family. There was no one to tell me that these phases don’t last. My weight issue had become a national issue. I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way,” Vidya Balan said in the interview.
“I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated.”
Vidya Balan Body Shaming : You can never keep everyone happy. As a kid I was called fat… then I lost so much weight..
Vidya Balan also spoke about other issues women are criticised about. In an interview she did earlier with SheThePeople, Balan talks about why we don’t have to be liked by everybody. “As a kid I was called fat. Back then it came with a connotation of being cute. But as I grew that comment became criticism. They said you are such a beautiful face, why wouldn’t you lose weight. Then there came a time that I lost too much weight and then people were like ‘you have lost so much weight’ and your face looks lovely when it’s full. So it seems you can never keep everyone happy.”