Hero­ines don’t need to hide their age now

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Age has al­ways been a sen­si­tive point for hero­ines with most of them not be­ing com­fort­able re­veal­ing their age pub­licly, but ac­tor Vidya Balan says that this is chang­ing slowly in the industry.

The 36-year-old adds that times have now changed and hero­ines are un­der no pres­sure to look a cer­tain way in or­der to bag big roles on screen. “I think that a long time ago, I went through a lot of pres­sure to dress a cer­tain way as we are a youth-ob­sessed so­ci­ety and industry but that is chang­ing now. As an ac­tor, there was more pres­sure to play down your age be­cause only then you could get lead roles but that is chang­ing. So now I can see there is less pres­sure to hide your age,” says Vidya.

The ac­tor adds that she has never been apolo­getic of her age and says that it only adds to her cred­i­bil­ity as an ac­tor. “I am proud to be the age I am. I have a body of ex­pe­ri­ences as an ac­tor and an in­di­vid­ual and I would not want to hide my age for any­thing. And life is get­ting more and more ex­cit­ing,” she says.

Vidya, who has been ap­pre­ci­ated for her roles in films such as The Dirty Pic­ture (2011) and Ka­haani (2012), says she doesn’t have fixed fac­tors to con­sider while com­ing on board with a project. “There is no set pa­ram­e­ter that I use to de­cide which role I want to play. I go purely by in­stinct. It de­pends on how I re­act to the char­ac­ter that I am be­ing of­fered and then the over­all film. Af­ter that I look at the di­rec­tor and the pro­ducer,” she says.

I have a body of ex­pe­ri­ences as an ac­tor and an in­di­vid­ual andd I wouldn’t want to re­duce my age for any­thing

Vidya Balan, ac­tor

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