She has been appointed by the Indian government as the brand ambassador in the drive to improve sanitary conditions in the country. “My work is an extension of my beliefs. I don’t think I am an activist at all. I am an actor first and I try using that to leverage attention to some of the causes I am associated with. I think I am a humanist,” says Vidya.
Inspiration for many, Viday says she’s inspired by Azmi. “Shabana Azmi has been one of my strongest inspirations. I was truly awestruck by Shabana Azmi’s performance in Arth. I still am,” Vidya said during a fund-raiser by the Bengal Chamber for the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy last week. “I like walking in other people’s shoes. I tend to empathise with people, so I always wonder what a certain person might do in a certain situation,” she says.