Vidya Balan, who will be seen next in Amit Masurkar’s Sherni, opened up about experiencing sexism in the film industry, especially in her initial years.
Actor Vidya Balan has spoken about experiencing sexism in the film industry, much like her character from Sherni faces. In the man-wildlife conflict drama, directed by Amit Masurkar, she plays a forest officer, who battles sexism both in the professional and personal space.
Speaking about facing sexism, Vidya Balan told Hindustan Times, “I think we face sexism all the time, and not just through men, even from women. Sometimes, we do that to other women too. I think misogyny is so intrinsic to the patriarchal mindset, in which we are all steeped, that it is difficult to get rid of it easily. I face it even today, sometimes. It annoys me, but of course, it is much less now than before. All around me, I see people facing sexism. Not everyone is even aware that they are saying something wrong, most of the time.”
Vidya recalled how, when she was starting out in Bollywood, she was asked to adjust her dates according to the male actor’s availability. “In my early years, I would always be told that, ‘The male actor has given his dates, so you will have to work your dates around his.’ Sometimes, it didn’t even matter if I was playing a more prominent role than him in the film,” she said.