Vidya Balan is one of those actresses who is very vocal about the discrimination between actresses and actors in Bollywood. The actress has several times talked about her. In a recent interview, she opened up about how people do not consider women if as male superstars in it. The movie will be remembered by the name of a superstar.
Speaking about the status of women in the industry as she said, “The pandemic has become an easy excuse for people to say that now female-led films will not work in the theatres, because basically, our industry is going through some kind of flux where a lot of our films are bombing, terribly. And they are your so-called, male hero-led films. But who takes the beating is the female-led films. Do you not realize that Gangubai Kathiawadi had no man spearheading it, it was Alia Bhatt. That film has done great numbers compared to a lot of other films with male heroes. It’s very frustrating because there’s no logic to it.”
Speaking about her movie Mission Mangal with Akshay Kumar the actress said, “For example, even a film like Mission Mangal, which did great business, finally it will be seen as an Akshay Kumar film, which is very unfortunate. It’s not Akshay Kumar and five other leading ladies, because we’re not being seen as having led the film in any way. But the story couldn’t have been told with just Akshay Kumar, and it wasn’t told with just him. Someone was talking to me about my last hits, and they didn’t mention Mission Mangal, and they said, ‘Woh toh Akshay Kumar…’ and I was like, ‘Did you not see me and four other female actors?'”
Mission Mangal is a movie based on the life of the scientist who played an important role in the Mars Mission. It starred Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi, apart from Akshay Kumar. It became one of the most successful movies of the year, making around ₹300 crores worldwide.
On the professional front, Vidya made her acting debut with the popular comedy show Hum PaanchOver the years, the actor has carved a niche doing several successful women-led films, such as Kahaani, The Dirty Picture, Shakuntala Devi, Sherni, and Jalsa. She was last seen in recently released and critically-acclaimed films including Shakuntala Devi, Sherni, and Natkhat.