‘If A Woman’s Film Does Well, It’s The Director’s Credit’: Vidya Balan Opens Up On Misogyny Inside Bollywood Citing Alia’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’

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Vidya Balan is well-known for her talent and unfiltered honesty. She recently blamed misogyny for the lack of credit actresses are getting in women-led films. She took the example of Alia Bhatt’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ which premiered earlier this year and became a massive hit.

Vidya says it’s ‘ridiculous’ that Sanjay Leela Bhansali walked away with credit for the success of Gangubai Kathiawadi and Alia Bhatt didn’t get enough credit the way majority of male actors get whenever they deliver a super hit movie.

During the Film Companion roundtable chat with film critic Anupama Chopra, Vidya asked, “How come Gangubai did well? If a woman’s film does well, it’s the director’s credit, and this is ridiculous.”

She said, “We worked so hard as women to have a certain standing today, where we’re headlining films. More and more actresses are doing that. I love how post-pandemic because the men’s films aren’t working, they suddenly turn around and say that the women’s films aren’t going to work all the more. How ridiculous! I really want to say, ‘What about Gangubai?’ It did more than most male-driven films.”

During an earlier interview with Film Companion, Vidya has spoken about the changing perception of female-led films in the industry. “The pandemic has become an easy excuse for people to say that now female-led films will not work in the theatres, because basically, our industry is going through some kind of flux where a lot of our films are bombing, terribly. And they are your so-called, male hero-led films. But who takes the beating is the female-led films,” she mentioned.

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