Calling me a hero is very sexist: Vidya Balan

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: May 24, 2014 11:19 IST
  • Vidya Balan, Dia Mirza

    Vidya Balan in one of her looks for Bobby Jasoos poses with producer Dia Mirza. (Photo: Twitter/Deespeak)

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    Vidya Balan in one of her looks in Bobby Jasoos.

  • Bobby Jasoos

    Produced by Dia Mirza and directed by Samar Shaikh, Bobby Jasoos stars Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Supriya Pathak and Tanvi Azmi.

  • Bobby Jasoos

    In this still from Bobby Jasoos, Vidya Balan is seen in her usual traditional avatar.

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    Going by the look of it, Vidya Balan would be seen in another hatke avatar in Bobby Jasoos.

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    Vidya Balan on the sets of Bobby Jasoos.

A couple of years ago, Vidya Balan had a good run at the box office with two back-to-back hits, The Dirty Picture (2011) and Kahaani (2012). She even bagged the National Award for her role in the former.

Soon after this success, Vidya Balan was referred to as a 'hero' among heroines; someone who could hold her own in a male-dominated industry. However, when asked about such monikers, Vidya doesn’t seem too amused.

"Firstly, I choose not to be called a hero amongst the heroines because I think that in itself is a very, very sexist statement. I’m happy being called a heroine or female actor. Although, I think it’s very flattering when people say that (smiles)," Vidya says.

The actor admits that she has been lucky when it comes to her career and that she is always looking forward to more good roles. "I’ve been very fortunate to have been part of the kind of work (that I’ve done). I’m hungry and thirsty and ravenous when it comes to good roles and films. So when they come my way, I grab the opportunities with all my might; I’m a tigress when it comes to that," says Vidya.

And when it comes to taking a break post-marriage — like many of her peers have done — Vidya minces no words in stating that she will continue working.

"I’m a very greedy actor and there’s an insatiable hunger in me which is why I keep saying again and again that I think I will always be an actor till I’m alive. Or maybe even beyond. Who knows? They might need entertainment up there," she says with a laugh.


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