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If someone propositioned me, I would kick him where it hurts.

Comments  Comments [ 0 ]    By Ami Sheth | 15 November 2017 | 9:50am




The Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal has got many actresses in front ta talk about their experiences in such cases during their initial stage in the film industry.

While many actresses from Hollywood and Bollywood has been vocal about the issue and the recent one to share her views on it is Vidya Balan.

During her recent interview with a leading daily when the actress was asked to speak about the same, she said, "Yes, it's because women have always been told that, 'It's your fault'. Women are told not to wear short skirts and go out. And if we do, we are told, agar kissi ne haath lagaya, toh jaake mat bolna. We are told that we are the temptresses and we have provoked the men. There have been instances where even in rape cases, the woman has been blamed. Often, when a marriage doesn't work, the tendency is to question the woman. Of course, today things are changing. I know that in a lot of cases, families say things like, 'She was not adjusting enough. She was more focused on her career'. Talking about this case (Weinstein), imagine this happening in Hollywood, where you would think that with the kind of success and power they have, the women wouldn't keep quiet. If someone propositioned me, I would kick him where it hurts."

Talking about how she stays cautious Vidya added, "I have never had that experience, but I will admit that I have always been on the cautious side. If I ever feel that someone is not giving me that comfortable vibe, I walk away from there. Coming from a family that had no film connections, I was always scared. Initially, when I had to audition for advertisements, my mom would accompany me. Later, when I started doing films, she realised that it's about how you handle yourself and by then, I had a team with me (make-up and hair staff), so I felt comfortable. In the beginning, I was always wary; in fact, I would never socialise with people or make friends at work. I think it stemmed from the fear that maybe if you are too friendly, people would misconstrue it. You don't want to be in a situation where you think that a man propositioned you because you were over-friendly or over-familiar. I remember what had happened with John Abraham and me. I would keep laughing a lot with him, and we got along very well. Eventually, everyone thought that we were having an affair. So, on set I am friendly, but beyond that, I still don't socialise much."

On the work front, she is busy promoting her upcoming film, Tumhari Sulu which is set to hit the screens on November 17, 2017.

CREDITS: Time Of India

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