'People told me I should know how to cook': Vidya Balan opens up on facing gender bias

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who has been vocal about a lot of issues that women tend to face, recently revealed that she has faced gender bias which angers her.

During an interview with Times Now, Vidya recalled a dinner table incident where she was questioned on her cooking skills.

Vidya, who is married to filmmaker Siddharth Roy Kapur, revealed that she was told she "should know how to cook" after the actress had shared that neither she nor her husband knows cooking.

"I wanted to say, why should it be any different for Sidharth and me?" Vidya said.

The actress also recollected when her mother would ask her to learn cooking. "I would say why should I learn to cook, I will earn enough to hire a cook or marry a man who can cook," she laughingly added.

Vidya, in the aforementioned interview, also shared she "tried her hand at cooking" during the lockdown but just to help her house staff.

Vidya, who has worked in critically acclaimed films like Parineeta, Guru, Paa, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, The Dirty Picture, Kahaani and Shakuntala Devi, will be seen next in Sherni. Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film is slated to release on June 18 on Amazon Prime Video.

The film revolves around the story of a female forest officer navigating through her marriage with her rather unusual job.

Vidya had earlier said that her character in the film is a woman of few words but many dimensions. "The film deals with a sensitive topic that touches upon respect, mutual understanding, and co-existence, not just between man-animal, but between humans as well," she had said.

Sherni also stars Sharad Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala and Neeraj Kabi in pivotal roles.

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