Vidya Balan on Facing Gender Bias, Was Told She Should "Know How To Cook"

Vidya Balan opens up on the gender bias she faced, band said that she was told that she must know how to cook.

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Vidya Balan Faced Gender Bias: Bollywood actor Vidya Balan opened up on how she had to face gender bias. She also recalled an incident that happened at the dinner table.

During an interview with Times Now Digital, Vidya Balan said that she was questioned on whether she knows how to cook or not. "I remember people telling me over a dinner that Oh my god, you don’t know how to cook. I said, 'No both Sidharth and I don’t know how to cook'".

She then said that the person told her that she should know how to cook. "I wanted to say, why should it be any different for Sidharth and me?" she added.

Balan also shared how her mother would always ask her to learn cooking. She would then respond by saying that she would hire a cook, or marry a man who knows how to cook.

The actor said that everyone has faced gender and that we all tend to judge each other, however, it is sharper, when it comes to women.

Vidya Balan opens up on hating her body

Besides gender bias, Vidya Balan  in an interview with the Times of India, talked about body shaming. She said that her 'fluctuating weight at the stage' doesn't bother her at all. However, she did say that she had hormonal issues for a long time, and that she hated her body for a very long time. Balan then added that she would often get angry and frustrated, when she would be under pressure to look her best.


On Financial independence

Earlier in an exclusive interview with SheThePeople, Balan had said, "I know families where the woman is the breadwinner, but she’ll handover her earnings to the man. It happens not just when there is a father or a husband, but even the son, or the brother. So basically you are saying- because money is power, you cannot have a woman be powerful.”

Balan is currently gearing up for the release of her film Sherni. It will be released on Amazon Prime Video, on 18 June.

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