03 December, 2020

Vidya Balan

Do you know Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences is planning to give me a PhD in sexuality?

Illustration by Sorit
Vidya Balan

There are times when I feel I need not keep a secret diary. For these days, I have no secrets. A couple of days back, I gave 43 interviews to the media and was groggy by the time it was all over. Oh god, the questions were so repetitive. Every TV channel, every talk show, wants Vidya to discuss the Dirty Picture. From VB, I’m now DP.

Yes, there is one topic which I want to discuss in my secret diary. I have often mentioned how my parents always encouraged me in my career. But it was not the same with many family seniors, the ‘pattis’ (grannies), ‘mamis’, ‘chittis’ and ‘athais’ (aunts of various hues). The Palakkadu Brahmin community to which I belong is quite orthodox and was rather taken aback. (They are more accustomed to normal Tamil movies, watching overweight heroines with thunder thighs romping around.)

Alamelu patti fixed me with a withering look and snapped, “What is this sexuality you are talking about?” Well, I had explained this in hundreds of...



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