Vidya Balan is one of the most talented and versatile actress of Bollywood. She is one of the very few actresses in India, who broke the stereotype of having a wine glass shape like body and nailed every character she did. However, that does not mean she has been immune to the effects of online trolling.
Recently, in an interview with Filmfare, Vidya Balan opened up like never before about her weight issues and how the online trolling has affected her. She revealed that she have had hormonal problems all her life. She said :
“I’ve had hormonal problems all my life. It’s probably because of the judgment I’ve carried around my body. When I was a teenager, people would tell me, ‘You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’ It’s not a nice thing to say to anyone. Be it a child or a grown-up. So, I’d starve myself, I’d go through crazy exercise regimens and lose weight. Then the hormonal issue would settle for a bit before it reared its head again.”
She revealed how she stopped watching her shots in the monitor afraid of looking fat on screen. She said :
“Weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain was my pattern for as long as I can remember. Years ago, I stopped watching my shots on the monitor at shoots because I’d look at the monitor and be thinking, ‘Am I looking fat?”
Vidya Balan said that she wants to say f**k you to all the people giving her advices on how she should be working out. She said :
“When people tell me why don’t you start exercising, I want to say f**k you! How do you know I haven’t been exercising? Do you know how hard I exercise? Do you know what challenges I’ve been facing?”
She added :
“Do you know that my hormonal problem has made it impossible for me to lose weight for years in between? Not just that, there was a period in between when the more I’d work out, the more I’d put on? People would insinuate that you must be eating unhealthy or that you’re lazy. And these things stick with you. It would anger me no end. I kept wanting people to stop judging me. But over time, I realised that people judge you/your body only if you do,”
Well, we completely agree with her, we never know what the other person might be going through or how the person is dealing with their issues. Not just fat shaming, but we should not body shame anyone as it breaks their confidence.
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