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Vidya Balan: A marriage of any relationship is a partnership, so there has to be equality

Vidya Balan’s marriage to Siddharth Roy Kapur is one of the successful marriages in Bollywood. The couple is often seen hanging out with each other at parties and other events. Earlier, rumours were doing rounds about the troubles in their marriage, but Vidya proved all such rumours to be false.

During an interview with a leading Indian daily, Vidya was asked about her ideology towards marriage and equality in the relationship.

Vidya said, “At the end of the day, a marriage of any relationship is a partnership, so there has to be equality. Men aren’t accustomed to this idea, which is why women have to lure them into doing at least some of the work before expecting them to do 5 percent. See, both partners step out of the house to earn their livelihood but it’s highly unfair that after a long, hard day, the woman has to come back and do household chores. Even if she has help at home, she still has to monitor, supervise and keep a check on everything. So, men should contribute equally.”

On being asked whether the stereotype that a man can go to work outside while the woman stays at home taking care of kids still prevails, she replied, “Yes, that’s because of the deep conditioning that the mother is more crucial to a child’s upbringing than a father. But that’s not true. I’m not a psychologist, this is just my opinion. As the mother has borne the baby, she instinctively is doing that much more. Even if she has had a smooth pregnancy, once she delivers the baby, she wants to spend time with the little one. However, she also needs to get her energy back. No one ever talks about that. We forget that the woman too needs a lot of care.”