Actress Vidya Balan has questioned why contemporary feminism confines women to a stereotype and criticises them if they want to enjoy “traditional things.” Speaking at the book’s launch for film critic Maithili Rao, Vidya questioned why the contemporary woman is being “stereotyped”
Vidya Balan also discussed her 2021 movie Sherni. Vidya played a moral forest officer in the Amit Masurkar-directed drama who was tasked with resolving the man-animal conflict. Sharat Saxena, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala, Neeraj Kabi, and Mukul Chaddha are also featured in the movie.
Why is it impossible for a strong, feminist woman to have a partner, enjoy traditional things, and want to step back, questioned Vidya? is the modern woman being held up as the standard for what all women should be? Why are stereotypes of modern women perpetuated? Why doing as you please with your life and feeling empowered need to be so mutually exclusive.
She mentioned the television show Sherni, in which she played Vidya Vincent. “I adored Sherni for this reason, so much. She confronted these men, but she did so in a way that didn’t require any chest-thumping. Why is it necessary to place women into specific categories if we want to see them as empowered? In a modern feminist perspective, why can’t women just be who they want to be instead of how we want to see them?” Added Vidya.
Vidya last appeared in the thriller Jalsa (2022), which was helmed by Suresh Triveni. T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment are the producers. Shefali Shah also appears in the movie. Jalsa told an engrossing story about a top journalist (Vidya) and her cook (Shefali). Positive reviews were given after its Prime Video debut.