Being under the spotlight is never easy, especially if you are an actor. From unnecessary criticism to insensitive judgements, celebs have to go through a terrible lot and still smile at the camera.
And Vidya Balan has never been spared ever since she joined the industry! Stepping onto Bollywood with Pareenita, blowing our minds with Dirty Picture, and making us smile with Tumhari Sulu, Vidya is like a breath of fresh air. But her weight was a problem for many and body-shaming became a regular affair.
In a recent interview, she spoke about her struggles with weight gain and loss.
Having suffered hormonal problems all her life, she had developed a lot of judgement around her body. From starving herself to tiring exercise regimens, Vidya has done it all.
“Now I don’t. But it’s taken a lot of work to get to accept my body”, she says.
But trolls obviously haven’t.
So being the sassy woman that she is, Vidya has managed to shut her haters with the most badass response.
“When people tell me why don’t you start exercising, I want to say f**k you!”
Vidya added, “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?”
“Over time, I realised that people judge you/your body only if you do. If you seek validation from others, you’ll always fall short. So, the answer lies in loving and accepting yourself.”
Loving yourself is a thing that is always easier said than done. But maybe you can take the first step by saying a big f**k you to the world, and thank Vidya later.
Take that, haters!