It was just another shoot and I, along with my team, was waiting for the cast and crew of Teri Meri Kahaani at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi. As a journalist, I have never been too fond of covering promotional events as such press conferences are generally too loosely organized and not of much intellectual value.
However, there are some stars or directors I m fond of and don’t mind going to cover their promo events. One such celebrity is Mrs. Vidya Balan – a lady who embodies the definition of substance and womanhood. Mrs. Balan is a woman I adore. This lady not only made it on her own, in one of the harshest industries of our country, but also rose against the odds of fashion shaming and body shaming.
With the bold roles that she played in Parineeta, Ishqiya and The dirty picture to the unconventional characters that she portrayed in films like No One Killed Jessica and Kahaani – this lady has carved a niche of her own.
After some 30 minutes of waiting for Mahesh Bhatt, Mohit Suri, Emraan Hashmi, and Vidya Balan walked in the lounge area where the PC (press conference) was supposed to take place. Actually, this event was being organized by an NGO that worked for the welfare of the underprivileged woman. On the occasion, when I asked Vidya Ji about how important basic education and vocational training were for women, this is what she said:
“It is extremely important for women to get proper vocational training as it is important for them to be independent and self-sufficient.”
Off camera, we got the opportunity to chat for some time. I can never forget those ten minutes because the things that Vidya Ji told me motivated me to do more, to be more. She asked how old I was. When I told her that I was 25, she was amused. She said:
“At such young age, you are such a focused girl. You were the only journalist with relevant questions. You did your homework, which tells me you will go places.” She added further “just remember one thing, never get too happy with yourself. Then only the drive to be ore will remain and take you beyond the limit.”
Indeed, that interaction with Vidya Ji motivated me to pursue my dreams and soar higher in life. I can never thank her enough ☺
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