Vidya Balan, known for her impeccable acting prowess, recently unveiled her journey towards self-acceptance and body positivity, drawing from her own poignant experiences. The actress, during her early days in the industry, faced numerous hurdles related to her physique and self-image.
In a heartfelt discussion on a popular health-oriented YouTube channel, Vidya spoke candidly about her young years. Reflecting on her early life, she shared how her mother’s own anxieties about weight deeply influenced her. Vidya delved into the memories of how her mother’s concerns pushed her into fitness regimes at a tender age. She explained her feelings of resentment towards these routines, only to realize later that her mother’s intentions stemmed from concern, having faced similar judgments herself.
Vidya reminisced about her teenage years when she was lovingly referred to as the chubby girl. To address this, her mother explored various strategies to help her attain the so-called ideal physique. But this journey wasn’t devoid of challenges. The talented actress admitted facing relentless body-shaming and added, It took me years to finally accept and love myself, but the path wasn’t without its share of struggles.
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She also recollected a particularly unsettling episode during a massage session when an offhand remark about her physique left her deeply hurt. She sought comfort from her husband, Siddharth Roy Kapur, who provided a shoulder to lean on.
Amidst these personal revelations, Vidya continues to shine in the cinematic world. Fans recently lauded her for her stellar performance as a detective in the gripping thriller, Neeyat. Movie buffs can’t wait for her next, a film titled Lovers directed by Shirsha Guha Thakurta. In this anticipated movie, Vidya shares screen space with noted actors Sendhil Ramamurthy, Ileana DCruz, and Pratik Gandhi.