Bollywood actor Vidya Balan recently opened up about facing the gender bias in her life. She recalled being told that she ‘should know how to cook’ even though her husband, Siddharth Roy Kapur does not know how to cook either.
She said, “I think all of us have faced gender bias and not just by the members of the opposite sex. Even I think we all tend to judge each other, box each other as human beings and it’s a little sharper for women or with women. Of course, I have faced gender bias. I get angry… I get angry and then I just give them a piece of my mind. It happens much less now, but still.”
Vidya went on, “I remember people telling me over a dinner that Oh my god, you don’t know how to cook. I said, ‘No both Siddharth and I don’t know how to cook’. They said, ‘But you should know how to cook na…I wanted to say (enacting a hitting scene) why should it be any different for Siddharth and me?”
She also recollected when her mother would ask her to learn cooking. “I would say why the hell should I learn to cook, I will earn enough to hire a cook or marry a man who can cook,” she added.
In an interview earlier this year, Vidya had also opened up on facing body shaming in Bollywood. “My weight issue had become a national issue. I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way. I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated.”