Other than her acting prowess, the one thing that Vidya Balan has always been under the scanner for is her weight. The Dirty Picture actress turned 40 on January 1, 2019 and in a recent interview with Filmfare, the Parineeta actor, opened up about how it feels turning 40 and her life-long battle with body-shaming.
Vidya told the magazine, “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. I guess it was my body’s way of revolting because in wanting it to be what it was not, I was constantly rejecting it.
Moreover, 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? People would insinuate that you must be eating unhealthy or that you’re lazy. And these things stick with you. It would anger me to no end. I kept wanting people to stop judging me. But over time, I realized that people judge you/your body only if you do.
She also spoke about the change in perspective and the loss of fear that comes at the age of 40. She says that women turn Hotter and Naughtier as they begin to learn about themselves. “Yeah, naughtier and hotter too after 40. Generally, we’re taught to be a little coy and not enjoy sex. But the reason they say women get better with age is because you care less and less, it’s more about you. It’s joyous. When you don’t care, you have the most amount of fun.