The trailer of Vidya Balan’s “Tumhari Sulu” is out and everyone is gaga over her pitch perfect performance as the housewife cum late night radio jockey. From veterans like Shabana Azmi and Anil Kapoor to newcomers like Kriti Sanon are full of praise for what looks like another knockout performance from the ace actress. We recently met Vidya and could not resist asking her about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has rocked Hollywood. As we know, Vidya is someone whose work in films espouses the idea of equality and is against sexism...Commenting on the Weinstein episode she said, “You know it is quite shocking to see that Harvey Weinsten has been an abuser for so many years and no one spoke about it till the NY Times piece broke... He is one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, someone whose work we’ve all admired but to think that even the most powerful female actors chose to keep silent on the matter for decades is a reflection of how women, however successful they maybe, don’t feel safe addressing sexual harassment.”
The actress said it exists everywhere including Bollywood. So, did Vidya ever feel intimidated by someone when she was new in the industry? “No, I did not give anyone that space to intimidate me or be anything but respectful towards me. But I can’t say this enough number of times that I feel I came from a privileged position where my survival did not depend on this. A lot of times girls compromise as their survival depends on it.” Vidya says fortunately she has never been a victim of sexual harassment. “If someone’s vibe made me uncomfortable, I’ve walked away from that person and the opportunity to work with him... That is my way of dealing with it. No one has ever crossed the line with me,” she signs off.
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