Glorification of moms in cinema annoying, says Vidya Balan

Mumbai, August 19

Indian cinema’s lengthy historical past of eulogising moms has all the time “annoyed” actor Vidya Balan as she believes it prevents them from being seen as individuals who could be flawed.

In her just lately launched movie “Shakuntala Devi”, Vidya performed the titular math genius, who will not be the proper father or mother to her daughter Anupama Banerjee.

“People are realising that moms are human beings. A pal of mine wrote to me saying she realised she by no means checked out her mom as an individual however only a mom.

“I’m getting long messages of appreciation, about personal experiences and moments from the film that they enjoyed, how they realised that children should not expect their parents to be perfect,” Vidya advised PTI in an interview.

Directed by Anu Menon, “Shakuntala Devi” streams on Amazon Prime Video. The movie’s supporting forged consists of Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta and Amit Sadh.

In Indian cinema’s lengthy historical past, Vidya stated, there has by no means been an try to grasp the non-public aspect of a mom. They are supposed to be self-sacrificing and empathetic with out private ambitions.

“There was glorification of moms and that all the time irritated me. Why do not we see that mom on display screen, who has her personal desires and doesn’t give it up or she will have a life exterior of her household after marriage? 

“These questions bothered me and this is why this film is so important to me. There is a line in the film, which says, ‘Maa ko bhagwan ka nahi bhagwan ko maa ka darja diya jata hai’. That is the kind of glorification of a mother which doesn’t allow her to be seen as a person.”

Vidya believes girls are sometimes portrayed in shades of fine or evil although there’s an try to discover totally different aspects of their persona in cinema now. 

The guilt of a mom, Vidya stated, comes from being enthusiastic about one thing exterior the household because of the patriarchal considering.

“There are more and more women in the workforce, trying to do all the work. The pressure on them is immense. Some of them have flourishing careers, some of them have jobs. Everyone is trying to compensate for the time when they are not with their children at home. Women feel so guilty when we make ourselves and our needs priority.  “Because you examine your self with the ladies who got here earlier than you. There are loads of girls of our mom’s technology or earlier than that who needed to sacrifice their desires for us as a result of at the moment, I do not assume they knew there was an alternative choice.”

Vidya stated she has come to admire Shakuntala Devi for her spunk and her laughter, which is analogous to the way in which she laughs.

“We both laugh loudly so that came easily to me. The passion for life is something I share with her. I used to always feel restless about following the norm. I would not describe myself a rebel but you can’t tell me to do something in a particular way. I would ask, ‘maybe there is another way to do it’.” The actor stated she tries to be true to herself in life the way in which Shakuntala Devi was.

“She didn’t let society, her gender or her roles in life define her. She defined those roles. It is not that I’m married now or that I am a mother so I have to change my priorities. She was like, ‘I will be me in the roles that I play in life. I have also strived towards…I try to be true to myself first’,” she stated. PTI

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