New Delhi: The powerhouse of talent Vidya Balan is known for her impeccable acting prowess. Vidya, who has often enacted strong, powerful roles in movies believes that actors should avoid taking political stands.
IANS quoted the actress as saying, “Actors shouldn’t take political stands. I don’t take political stands because I don’t want to influence my audience,”
Vidya said this at the News18 India Chaupal here on Friday.
Also dwelling upon how films are increasingly becoming the target of activists, she said: “There are a lot of bullies. They wake up before the release of the film and want attention. Some are from inside the industry but most of them are from outside the industry.”
Commenting about the torching of an outdoor set of “Padmavati” in Kohlapur earlier this week, Vidya said: “I am saddened by this incident. Film is an expression of someone’s imagination. As a member of the fraternity, it affects me deeply.”
Vidya also came out in support of young singer Nahid Afrin, against whom some Islamic clerics have issued a ‘fatwa’.
“Art has no boundaries. If someone is singing, I believe it connects us with God, Allah and Ishwar,” she said.
The National Award winning actress will next be seen on screen in ‘Begum Jaan’ as the madam of a brothel.
“When the film was offered, I was conscious that it can create controversy. But I had the confidence that if needed, they (producer Mahesh Bhatt and director Srijit Mukerji) will fight for the film. I was surprised when the film was passed by censor board with no cuts. It has strong visuals,” said the actress, who feels the “boundaries of entertainment have expanded” as “most of the films today give some kind of message.
(With IANS inputs)