Bollywood actress Vidya Balan who was stationed in London throughout October for the shoot of her upcoming film 'Shakuntala Devi' was invited by the Honorary Baroness Sandip Verma to speak about the changing representation of women in Indian cinema, at the Palace of Westminster.
At the event, Vidya spoke about how Hindi film heroines have come far away from the candy roles.
She said that this is the best time in terms of how women are shown on screen. They are depicted as sheroes. They are no longer seen about the roles they play in men’s lives. There were different opinions shared and it was enriching to discuss multiple points of view.
Meanwhile, London has been witnessing several protests and subsequent arrests as the demonstrations to highlight climate change from the past couple of weeks.
Therefore, Vidya was afraid that she will have to turn down the invite looking at the circumstances. The roads leading to the Palace of Westminster were barricaded as part of the protest. So, Vidya travelled by the London tube to the Houses of Parliament instead.
The film stars 'Badhaai Ho' fame Sanya Malhotra, who will be seen essaying the role of Shakuntala Devi's daughter.
The team has already started the initial work on the movie and shall go on floors soon. The film is written by Menon along with Nayanika Mahtani while the dialogues are penned by Ishita Moitra.