“When You Go Past 40, Something Changes In You”: Vidya Balan On Channeling Her Inner Goddess

A celebrated actress, Vidya Balan has essayed some roles on screen right from her character in ‘Parineeta’ to ‘Shakuntala Devi’. She recently spoke of how audiences now embrace strong female characters on screen and revealed what powers her choice of scripts.

 

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“My parents have allowed my sister and I the space to be who we want to be. The fact that I am a woman of a certain size or maybe someone who does not necessarily possess certain skills that are thought of as prerequisites didn’t stop me from wanting to do things my way,” says Vidya.

TOI reports that she shared her thoughts on society’s perception of mothers on the silver screen, saying, “I have spoken strongly against the glorification of the sacrificial mother. I have always disliked the idea. Maybe the universe heard me that day. The films that came my way in the subsequent years, including the ones where I play a mother, like in Shakuntala Devi and Mission Mangal, had me essaying characters who wanted things for themselves. Mind you, that did not make them lesser mothers.” 

 

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She poses an interesting theory that the purpose of our mythological and religious scriptures is also to make us understand human behaviour. “I think Mahabharata is the most in-depth study of human behaviour and how nothing is right or wrong. It’s about how you see things. We have to remember that the goddess is not outside; she is within each woman,” expresses Vidya.


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Talking about her own life, she reveals, “About a decade ago, my mother had put me in touch with a healer. I was going through some health issues at that time. From then till now, I speak to my healer from wherever I am in the world and express what I am feeling.”

 

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Speaking of how she channels her inner goddess, Balan says, “I am 42 years old today and when you go past that 40-year-mark, something changes in you. You start caring more about yourself. It’s a beautiful phase. You learn to be okay with doing things that make you happy,” she signs off.

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