When Vidya Balan stood against the industry’s unrealistic beauty standards and issued a ‘No Photoshop’ Policy For Her Pictures

Dabboo Ratnani shared that Vidya Balan doesn’t want to get slimmed down.

More than her movies, brave as they are, the Hindi film industry will perhaps be grateful to Vidya Balan for something bigger — changing the narrative about women in an otherwise male-dominated Bollywood. She is one of the few actresses who has never shied away from calling out the malpractices in showbiz. Just like in her films, the actress is a ‘Sherni’ in real life and her recent bold step is proof of this.

Vidya Balan has taken a stand against unrealistic beauty standards by issuing rules on how her images should be used. The actor has reportedly asked photographers and magazines to refrain from re-touching her pictures as she doesn’t want to appear slimmer than she is.
The actor’s rules were revealed by photographer Dabboo Ratnani in a new interview. He revealed that Vidya Balan is comfortable in her skin.

“I try to achieve the best lighting on the set itself, thus relying as little as possible on the post-treatment of pictures. [Doing so is] all the more important with Vidya because she doesn’t like her images to be re-touched. She is comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t want to be made slimmer for pictures. During magazine shoots, she tells the editorial team that the photos should only be color-corrected and shared, without any re-touching,” Dabboo told Mid-Day.

“Say, if the flooring or the leaves in the background need color correction, we do that. We don’t re-touch her image,” he added.

Speaking about how she is no longer bothered about what people have to say about her looks, the actress had said in an ETimes interview, “The length of your hair, the thickness of your arms, curves, height don’t matter; what matters is who you are as a person. When you appreciate the person that you are, every imperfection looks small; but it doesn’t strike you when you are loathing and hating yourself. It’s a very precious and tough lesson that I have been through. I have realized, it is not people judging you but rather how you judge yourself. We all need to be cautious when we are bringing up children, the color of the skin, weight, especially with girls.”

On the work front, Vidya Balan was last seen in Amit Masurkar’s Amazon Prime Original film Sherni.


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