"It was a serious invasion of our privacy, but our country is such."
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan slams pregnancy rumours and spoke out against the film industry’s obsession with pregnancy. Speaking to Mid-Day, she revealed her annoyance with the media trying to question her private life.
She accused the media of trying to her turn into a “baby-making machine”.
The pregnancy rumours surrounding Vidya Balan began when media outlets spotted her at hospital clinics.
Also, speculation that she had gained weight caused many to suspect there would be a new addition to her and husband Siddarth Roy Kapoor’s family.
However, the actress has denied these pregnancy rumours. When asked about the speculation, she said:
“It was annoying. I could be going to a clinic for an acne too! Why is it that every time a woman, post marriage, visits a doctor, there are whispers of her pregnancy?”
Vidya Balan raises a very important question. It seems the media has created a buzz for pregnancy rumours in Bollywood. The actress also added:
“I don’t think it’s anyone’s business except mine and my husband’s. It was a serious invasion of our privacy, but our country is such.
“Neighbours and relatives [constantly] ask us (unnecessary questions). The day I got married, one of my uncles told me at the wedding venue, ‘Next time I see you [her and Siddharth], I should be looking at three people, not two’.
“This was even before our wedding pictures could be clicked. I politely laughed because we hadn’t even decided on our honeymoon destination then.”
She concluded the discussion with: “What is this baby obsession? I am not a baby-making machine.”
And right now, it appears that the Bollywood actress is simply too busy for these pregnancy rumours to be true. With new film Begum Jaan on the way, Vidya’s seems more focused on her career. New images released of the actress shows Vidya starring as a brothel madam.
Soon to release on 17th March 2017, the film also stars Pallavi Sharda and Priyanka Sethia.
While Vidya’s comments will resonate with fellow female actresses, the media will likely still continue its apparent obsession with pregnancy rumours.