Vidya Balan On Being Fat-Shamed Says She Had Hormonal Problems

Vidya Balan is one of the boldest actresses in Bollywood. She is known for her brilliant performances and carrying films on her own. Vidya ...

Vidya Balan is one of the boldest actresses in Bollywood. She is known for her brilliant performances and carrying films on her own. Vidya has defied all the norms and has carved her own niche in the industry. But apart from that, Vidya has always been subjected to body-shaming for her body type. In a recent interview to Filmfare, Vidya talked about how she had to deal with several hurdles in her career to get this far, even her struggle with her weight.



She said, "I’ve had hormonal problems all my life. It’s probably because of the judgment I’ve carried around my body. When I was a teenager, people would tell me, 'You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’ It’s not a nice thing to say to anyone. Be it a child or a grown-up. So, I’d starve myself, I’d go through crazy exercise regimens and lose weight. Then the hormonal issue would settle for a bit before it reared its head again."

She mentioned that even at her thinnest, she felt fat. "Weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain was my pattern for as long as I can remember. Years ago, I stopped watching my shots on the monitor at shoots because I’d look at the monitor and be thinking, 'Am I looking fat?"

“I’ve been called ‘jinxed’ down South. I rejected my body all my life. I worked hard at accepting myself. That acceptance isn’t complete yet. It’s still a long way. People don’t understand that when you grow up a fat girl, it doesn’t leave you,” she said.


“When people tell me why don’t you start exercising, I want to say f**k you! How do you know I haven’t been exercising? Do you know how hard I exercise? Do you know what challenges I’ve been facing? Do you know that my hormonal problem has made it impossible for me to lose weight for years in between? Not just that, there was a period in between when the more I’d work out, the more I’d put on? People would insinuate that you must be eating unhealthy or that you’re lazy. And these things stick with you. It would anger me no end. I kept wanting people to stop judging me. But over time, I realised that people judge you/your body only if you do,” she added.

Talking about being tagged as 'bad luck' when she started her career down South, Vidya Balan said, "It angers you to be told that you're unlucky. Or that you aren't good enough. During Begum Jaan, I harnessed all the anger I felt for all these years. I was carrying the anger of rejection, the judgement around my body, the criticism around my dressing. I've been called 'jinxed' down South. I rejected my body all my life. I worked hard at accepting myself. That acceptance isn't complete yet. It's still a long way. People don't understand that when you grow up a fat girl, it doesn't leave you."

Vidya will be seen in Mission Mangal with Akshay Kumar and it is reported that Vidya will star in the biopic of famous mathematician Shakuntala.

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