'I hated my body, thought if I changed it, I would be acceptable to everyone': Vidya Balan
Several Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt have spoken about dealing with mental health issues, encouraging many people to talk about it. Vidya Balan, is also one among many, who has inspired many to be comfortable with their own bodies. Recently, in an interview, Vidya opened up about having body image issues said she also had gone through a period of self-doubt, early on.
Vidya said there was a time in her life when she was in a constant battle with her body and she was even angry with it. The Dirty Picture actor said because she hated her body, she wanted to change it and thought that would make her acceptable to everyone and be worthy of love. However, even at her thinnest, when she managed to lose a lot of weight, Vidya realised that she wasn’t really fully acceptable to everyone. The Kahaani actor said she has learnt through her experiences that there’s no point in trying to change yourself to suit others’ needs and ideals.”
However, Vidya said it is also through these experiences that she started to look at herself in a new light, where she began to accept and respect her body, even though it has been a long journey. The 40-year-old actor said she now feels happier and beautiful and the best gift she has given to herself is that she will not let anybody else feel differently about her body. On the film front, Vidya is all set to star alongside Akshay Kumar in Mission Mangal and the Tamil thriller Nerkonda Paarvai with Ajith Kumar.