“Begum Jaan” is most powerful character I've played: Vidya Balan

“Begum Jaan” is most powerful character I've played: Vidya Balan

New Delhi: Renowned Indian Vidya Balan's recent films have all promoted message for empowering women and her upcoming film “Begum Jaan” is no less.

According to details, the actor expressed to Indian Media that her role in the film is the most powerful character she has seen on-screen and off.

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.