She stated, “I have been replaced in a lot of Malayalam films. I was also thrown out of a Tamil film after my role has been confirmed. My parents used to come with me because they were so worried about me. I had really begun to fade. We went to the producer’s office. The producer showed us the scenes from the film and said, ‘Just look at her, does she look like a heroine? The cruel attitude left us in shock and the producer also said that he was never really interested in taking me and blamed the director.”
Further talking about her bitter experiences with the South film industry, she said, “I felt ugly…I felt like sh*t for months and I don’t think I looked at myself in the mirror. I didn’t like what I saw because I thought I was ugly…For the longest time, I did not forgive that man, but today, thanks to that I realized that I have to love and accept myself the way I am.”
She also talked about how she promised to be a part of a Tamil film but later took a backseat because the script and the comedy was just terrible. “I left the film and they sent me a legal notice.”
But, Vidya has ever since always stood her ground and today she is one of the most successful actresses in the Indian film industry. From Mission Mangal up until Nerkonda Paarvai, she is only flying high and will confidently fly higher.
Congratulations to Vidya for setting up a strong example!