Published On: Wed, Feb 24th, 2016

Don’t judge woman’s capabilities by her appearance: Vidya Balan



The Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has the opinion that now the position of female actors in Bollywood has changed because the art of storytelling has evolved in Bollywood and it has made the audience accept women actors portraying diverse stages of life rather than remaining young.

She continued as, “Things are no longer the same for female actors over the age of 30. All kinds of films are being made these days. I think audiences are ready to see old actors in films,” Balan further added that acceptability has expanded in Indian cinema which has changed the stories of the movies, “There were times when only love stories were being made. However old the male lead was, only young female leads were being cast. But now it’s good to see that people are accepting older women in a variety of roles. They have realized that women can be interesting and desirable even when they are in their 30s.”

She has recently married with Bollywood producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, and she thinks that marriage is not an obstacle in movie careers as it thought, “If I talk about my experience as an actor and a married woman, you will see that a lot of work has been coming my way. There is no dearth of opportunities [for me]. Things are changing for married actors too,”

She also revealed that after marriage in 2012 she has got many offers of a number of exciting roles ever since, “I used to think that once you get married, you get lesser number of films, but that’s not true.” told the award-winning actress who will next be seen in TE3N and the sequel of the critically-acclaimed Kahaani.

She has also joined hands with a hair care brand along with making films, “You cannot judge a woman’s capabilities by her appearance. Change won’t happen overnight… it will take time,”

She was recalling the time when she was evaluated for selecting the sari as her favorite dress for approximately all her public looks; she stated as “I was judged on the basis of my appearance. I remember the time when I started wearing saris. I was told that young actors should not wear saris. And soon I realized, there are all kinds of people who have all kinds of opinions. So I stopped thinking about the negative things and now it doesn’t bother me anymore,”

Balan also recommended that girls should give a little attention to what people think about them. She said that “I feel that we [women] are very unkind to ourselves and that is something we need to change. We need to be more relaxed in terms of approach.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.