Thought my Right Side is my Ugly Side: Vidya Balan on Self-Acceptance
NEW DELHI, (ANI) – Bollywood actor Vidya Bala has penned a long note about the importance of self-love and acceptance.
Vidya dropped two pictures which she captioned, “A few days ago, at an event, this pretty girl comes up to me for a pic …There was a crowd, and I was trying to do as many pics as possible. People were jostling and in the middle of this chaos, the girl was back for another pic. My manager (who is very sharp) promptly told her, ‘Aapne toh le liya… plz aur nahi’. To which she said, ‘galat side se liya, main achchi nahi lag rahi, yeh post nahi kar paungi’. She had miserable & followed me to the car, relentless in her pursuit to get the perfect picture. almost making it sound like her life depended on it. I obliged …I then got into the car bemused…and it made me think.”
In both the pictures, the ‘Tumhari Sulu’ actor shared mirror selfies in which she could be seen showing her right and left face profiles.
“You know I’ve always preferred my left profile over my right…but over time as I started on this journey of trying to love & accept myself a little more each day, I realized that liking one profile meant liking one part of me to the exclusion of the other…because the truth is that i not only liked my left but also disliked my right profile. I would tell photographers & cinematographers to avoid shooting me from the right…I would be scared if someone shot me from the right because I thought it was my ugly side. It was almost like the fear of being found out,” Vidya added to her caption.
Talking about the importance of self-love and body positivity, the ‘Kahani’ actor added, “Today with the growing acceptance and love for every part of me and all of me, I don’t care where I’m being shot from…I’m no longer scared of anyone seeing that side of my. Truth be told, today not only do I like my right profile, I love it… and not because my right profile changed but because I realized it’s never going to. What changed is the way I looked at myself and that changed how I see me. Hence, I returned to the room and took this selfie at the end of a long day sans make-up…because I LIKE me just the way I am. Do you like one profile less than the other? If you do and even if you don’t, post that selfie with both your sides in full glory.”
The actor is among the most loved actors in the Bollywood industry and is known for her humble and down-to-earth nature.