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National award winning actress Vidya Balan, played a role in two of her movies- first in Lage Raho Munnabhai and then in her last release Tumhari Sulu, in which she played the role of a housewife turned a Radio Jockey. And she is all ready to play that role in real life, with her radio debut in- Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho. Talking about her real-life stint in radio, the actress says it was her love for the conversation that made her take up the role.

“When I was offered the show to be a radio jockey, I wondered what can I do on radio. The jokes are really good but the idea of Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho was phenomenal. I won’t give a chance for anyone to talk because I love talking. When you keep talking to people, you understand issues, relationships and oneself better. We have not come to change the world. We need to change oneself,” she was quoted

Among all the topics she would be talking about the women’s body shaping- an issue the actress herself faced. Once Vidya was subjected to the body shaming and insult, says women and teenage girls become the victims of this. “I have experienced it throughout my life. Call it the judgment of the body or body shaming because I am not the perfect body type that heroines normally are. Growing up I was not even the perfect body type that boys would fall for. I always felt that I was happy with myself but then I used to be called moti (fat) in school. And, when I would walk with a thin friend of mine, we were called Laurel and Hardy.”

“When I went to do films, people looked at me and asked ‘you want to be an actor? It breaks your confidence. Body confidence is extremely important.” She says this tendency is ingrained in people. “But I felt that people, though not consciously, were making me feel less than what I thought of myself in my body.”

“Now I am very comfortable. I think I have come a long way. But women and teenage girls fall prey to this. It affects us. There are some who think, ‘I should not wear sleeveless because I have fat arms’. We are all beyond the body but we are only seeing ourselves in terms of the body,” she added.

In the show that will air on 92.7 Big FM, she will discuss topics like child sexual abuse and adoptions.

Author-Simran Bhatnagar

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