She said to Indian media, “I don’t know about brave, but this is definitely the most powerful role I have played , or let me put it this way: I have played strong characters but this is the most powerful one. I feel I haven’t seen this powerful a character on or off screen.”
She added, “There’s only one person whose empowerment I’m concerned with and that’s me”.
Vidya says, “I don’t care if it’s misconstrued, because I really think that I am not here to champion a cause. The only cause I am here to champion is my own. Otherwise, I believe that it is very preachy or patronising when you think that you are going to do something for the larger good of women. I believe that change has to happen at an individual level.
"People tell me that some of my films have inspired them and that they get courage from the way I am off screen. I am humbled but that’s not what I set out to do. I didn’t strategise. I have done films or played roles that have been an extension of myself or have reflected my current state of mind. Invariably, I am constantly trying to empower myself through my films. It empowers me, and if along the way, it empowers someone else, then that’s great.”
Neither does she consider herself the flag-bearer of feminism.