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Take the best pieces of advice from Vidya Balan about all the issues Indian women face!

We have already addressed Vidya as one of the most influential celebrities in Bollywood and with every statement she makes, she proves our point! This influential beauty queen was born on 1st of January 1979. She is well-known for the strong protagonists she has portrayed. Vidya, at the age of 16, had an early start in her acting career. Then she refused the offer of Anurag Basu in order to continue her education and got the support that she needed from her family.

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She got her bachelor's degree in sociology and then a master's degree from the University of Mumbai. She has received so many awards such as a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. The star is most famously known for her traditional Indian look. The characters that she is well known for are the strong protagonists. She was criticised for her weight and choice of wardrobe a lot. However, she always knows how to impress us!

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Body and fashion

She, herself even admitted that she is not fashionable and knows nothing about fashion. She had commented on her body image saying: “Weight used to be an issue. I was fat as a child and everyone used to tell me, ‘You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’ Over the years I’ve realized that my body is of a certain type and I have learned to accept it. Thumbs up to the buxom woman. Size zero is boring! I think a woman should be wholesome, voluptuous and sizzling!”.

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“My so-called bad dress-sense phase happened when I was confused - I think I was taking advice all too often, without listening to my inner voice. Add to the fact that I was a little overweight; so every wrong 'outfit' got compounded all that much.”. And her comment on why she wears sari: “I enjoy the sari. I think it's the sexiest garment ever. It shows you the right amount, it covers the right amount, it's extremely versatile, it suits every body type, it suits every face.”

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“I could live in a sari; I was born to wear a sari. It’s a most natural way for me. I can tell people I can run in a saree and I can do five sequences in a saree. I can romance in a saree and I can do everything in a saree. For me, it’s a most versatile garment…it’s extremely sensuous and at the same time it is strong, there is an elegance and at the same time it teases your imagination…It’s very powerful.”. One of the most powerful pieces of advice she could have ever given was......

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“I started feeling secure in every way once I began to accept myself the way I was. Whether that was emotional, financial or professional security, all of it came and embraced me because I embraced myself.” “Being traditional is a choice for me. South Indian families bring up their children with a sense of freedom, self-respect, and self-value. We do whatever we have to with earnestness and honesty, including being uninhibited. Yet we hold onto our roots.”

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Acting

She also commented on how her idea of an actor is different from others: “My idea of an actor is to be different persons with different roles. Every time a script interests me, I look for interesting characters because I intend to completely transport myself into it. This happens only because I am a very greedy actor. I am not part of the rat race because I am living a dream.”
The one thing the celebrities will be asked about, especially the female ones, is about the competition and competitors!

She commented on this subject saying: “I don't think my competition is with the heroes. I don't think I'm competing with anyone. I don't mean to sound Zen, but genuinely, when I stopped competing with anything is when I started enjoying my work, and that brought out the best in me. I'm living in a universe of my own, and I'm enjoying that. I love to appreciate other people's work. I have never thought of winning an Oscar. Rather, I never thought I would get the Padma Shri. I think God has been kind to me. I think getting Oscar award is not too far away.”

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Marriage

What she inspires people the most in is marriage. She is one of the few celebrities who have continued shining ever brighter after her marriage but how did she do it? Here is how: “Some people warned me against getting married soon. They said your career will end if you do. I felt I wanted to marry Siddharth (Roy Kapur) and I went ahead and married him. And I guess he felt like he wanted to marry me, so we are married today. If I hadn’t felt it for the next ten years probably I wouldn’t have got married. There is no right time. There’s never a right time.”

“There is no dearth of work. Things are changing for married actresses in Bollywood. Even I used to think that once you get married, you get lesser number of films, but that's not true. I have been getting a lot of exciting roles in the past three years since the time I got married. Siddharth accepts me in the way I am. In the first few months of marriage, I got bogged down by the notion that I had to juggle between handling home duties and starting work on a new film. He explained I needn't be a superwoman. He understands that if he could go out to work and end up neglecting things at home, so could I.”

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