Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is one of the few actresses in Bollywood who never shoes away from speaking her mind about a variety of topics. During a recent interaction, Vidya revealed how there was a time when she used to ‘hate’ her body, and her weight had become a ‘national issue’. Vidya also opened up about how she overcame these insecurities over time.
In an interview with The Times of India, Vidya emphasised that she is no longer bothered by what people say about “the length of your hair, the thickness of your arms, curves, height” because it doesn’t matter.
Vidya told the publication, “It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public and at that time it was so insurmountable. I come from a non-film family. There was no one to tell me that these phases don’t last. My weight issue had become a national issue. I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way.”
She further added, “I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated.”
Vidya continued that she accepted her body as she is alive because “its blood and bones”.
Vidya said, “Over time, I accepted that my body is the only thing that is keeping me alive because the day my body stops functioning, I am not going to be around. I have a lot of gratitude for my body. It doesn’t matter what I have been through, I am alive because of this body. It’s blood and bones. With each day I have begun to love and accept myself more, but it’s not been easy. You have to fake it till you make it.”