Actor Vidya Balani is quite vocal about body positivity. In the latter she opened up that she was aware of her appearance and how she was almost hiding from the click. All this because the actor thought that her correct profile was not good enough. (Read also: Vidya Balan remembers a producer made her feel ugly)
What made her start the conversation about her hidden insecurity was a recent incident at an event where she met a fan who was trying to take a picture with Vidya. Speaking of which, Vidya wrote in a long note on Instagram: “A few days ago, at an event, this beautiful girl came up to me for a photo … There was a crowd and I tried to take as many photos as possible. People were and in the midst of this chaos, the girl was back for another photo, my manager (who is very sharp) promptly told her, ‘aapne toh le liya…plz aur nahi (but you’ve already clicked photos)’. she said ‘galat side se liya, main achchi nahi lag rahi ,yeh post nahi kar paungi (I clicked it from my wrong profile. So I won’t be able to post it)’.”
Vidya continued: “Feeling miserable, she followed me to the car, relentless in her pursuit to get the perfect shot…almost as if her life depended on it…I obliged…I then got into the car stunned. .. and it made me think You know, I’ve always preferred my left profile over my right… but when I started this journey of trying to love and accept myself a little bit more every day, I realized I remember that liking one profile meant liking a part of me to the exclusion of the other…because the truth is that I not only liked my left profile, but also disliked my right profile.”
The actor revealed how she avoided being clicked from the right in the past, which has now changed. “I would tell photographers and cinematographers not to photograph me from the right side… I would be afraid if someone photographed me from the right side because I thought it was my ugly side. It was almost like the fear of being discovered. Today with the growing acceptance and love for every part of me and me.”
She also snapped a few selfies at her home. Without makeup, Vidya is seen in front of a mirror talking about accepting herself as she is. Shortly after she shared the post, fans and celebrities extended their love. Stars like Dia MirzaIleana D’Cruz, Kubbra Sait and Tara Sutaria among others responded to the post.
Vidya was last seen in the movie Jalsa, starring actor Shefali Shah. She will be seen in Neeyat next time. She is also part of Shirsha Guha Thakurta’s upcoming directing in Her Cat.