Vidya Balan reveals who is the sherni in her life


It was actually the easiest shoot I have done so far. The reach of this medium is really wide. Sherni is a universal film with a universal theme and I couldn’t have asked for anything better for this film. Do you have a moment, when you felt like a tigress and knew you could take on the world? Vidya Balan’s Silk sure knew what makes the showbiz works, and the actor herself is quite clued in too. (Laughs) When I am angry, I do feel like that. During Shakuntala Devi, I was told we had a worldwide release at the same time in 200 countries while with Sherni it’s 240. There are enough women posted in these areas and all of them told me that there is inherent sexism that exists in their world, just like around all of us. Don't Miss These StoriesHow Vidya Balan stopped playing by the rules and became Bollywood's sherniSunny Hinduja on Milind's fate in The Family Man 2: 'It made me sad initially'Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor play with grandfather Raj Kapoor in this iconic video, watchClick here for more

You seem to have become the new OTT queen with Shakuntala Devi last year and now Sherni. As a Bollywood star, how do you look at the web space becoming an alternate option, especially in such times? She is also so adventurous and like a true tiger mom, very protective of her children. There is also this scene where Ila Arun (who plays her mother-in-law) is asking you to wear some jewelry before heading out of the home. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Who is the sherni in your life? We worked in the fresh air, and I could take a walk during breaks. And it’s very common, my mother keeps telling me to wear some jewelry but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Written by Sana Farzeen
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Updated: June 17, 2021 9:02:36 pm

Vidya Balan's Sherni will stream on Amazon Prime Video from June 18. I think every woman who is trying to navigate her way through this thick jungle, which can sometimes turn quite dangerous is a sherni. I was actually surprised to know that there are quite a few female forest officers. It’s a first of its kind, at least from what’s offered to me. (Photo: PR)
“Entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment”. How was the experience? Many people would vouch that you are a tigress in real life when it comes to your career choices or even your personal life. It’s an unimaginable feat and wider than any theatrical release. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. There is a certain mould in which we want to see our woman, especially after marriage. I think that’s not true for the film industry or as actors. The production team really made it comfortable for all of us. Starting June 18, Sherni will stream on Amazon Prime Video. My mother is not scared to learn and actually knows technology better than me. She is absolutely fearless, she has been a homemaker all her life but I have seen that fearlessness in her throughout. The film was shot during the pandemic in real locations. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. It is a result of protectiveness at times, and mostly out of ignorance. Last year, she immortalised math genius, Shakuntala Devi, in her biopic and is now set to don the uniform of a forest officer for Sherni. What were the challenges? I think we are all changing a bit on that. And sometimes it’s quite tricky and tough postings, like in Naxal areas. The actor, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, said that Sherni will help people take a stand for nature. What is your reaction to it? Also, Amit and his team were so well prepared. Sometimes it even comes from their loved ones, however, they do find their way around it. In the trailer, we also see how your character faces gender disparity at work. You also met real forest officers to know more about their lives. As an actor, which is not really specified as a gender role, have you ever felt it or came across something sexist? We as women have faced it everywhere all our life, sometimes even with our loved ones. Sherni also had an unusual director in Amit Masurkar, with an unusual story, and I knew this is something that I have to do it. I didn’t miss the convenience or the sets at all. “The balance between development and environment is very important,” she said. Directed by Amit V Masurkar, the film revolves around Vidya Vincent (Balan), who is assigned a special job in the forest of Madhya Pradesh. She has a lot of interest and as her kids were growing up, she used her time beautifully to pursue interests and hobbies. I was quite amazed that someone wanted to tell a story that’s not just set in a jungle but is also about the jungle. I think we have all experienced it. When I get really angry, I am like wait, I will teach this person a lesson or show them what I am made of. Apart from the pressure of her work, she also needs to change the mindset of her team members who believe that a forest is no place for a woman.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
Excerpts from a detailed conversation with Vidya Balan about Sherni, sexism and how OTT has become an alternative medium for Bollywood films. Thank god for the OTT (laughs). Not just symbols of marriage but also adhere to an outward appearance of femininity. That’s when I feel like a sherni. What was your reaction when a film like Sherni came your way? As a society, we have evolved and grown but women are still asked to flaunt symbols of marriage. After making a remarkable debut in Parineeta, she has gone ahead to shoulder films like The Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Tumhari Sulu, Bhool Bhulaiya, among many more. All of them have to undergo three years of grueling training before they get posted. But to be honest, you don’t need to roar to be a tigress. My mother undoubtedly is a sherni.