As the film industry has fallen prey to sexual misconduct, Vidya Balan believes that Bollywood is sexist too. During the launch of a business magazine, the actress spoke about how she faced the sexism during the early days of her career.
As per the reports in ANI, Vidya said, “The film industry has been really nice to me. I’m quite head-strong. But I think it can really be sexist. In the initial phase of my career, I did face a fair amount of sexism. I used to be really angry about that. I was told he has been given dates, so you have to work around them, but I was never asked like that. The male actor would always get a bigger van, a bigger hotel. People would always say like, ‘do you need to listen to story?”
Talking about being lucky to have entered in the film industry with film like Parineeta, Vidya said, “I was lucky I got into the business with a movie like Parineeta, no one questioned the rules I set for myself. I have been told that a female actor’s life is not much, so you have to look younger. You got to look glamorous. I always told myself no, it is not like that.”
On being asked whether she follows feminism, she said, “I’m a feminist I am not anti-men. There is a huge difference between them. I believe I have the equal right to breathe, live and lead my life as a man does.”
As she enjoys her work and hopes to work for the next 40 years, Vidya said, “I want to keep acting for next 40 years. This is what I enjoy doing. Nothing has changed since I first decided to be an actor. I don’t have specific goals, I just want to work.”
Vidya’s next Tumhari Sulu is based on a woman who grabs the opportunity to become an RJ. The film will release on November 17.