Besides being the inexhaustible source of talent, Vidya Balan is also the testimony of natural beauty, as the actress always keeps her real images without any photoshop, retouching or filters.
Considered the pioneer of the revolution in the representation of women through film, Vidya Balan has made a place as the ‘hero’ of her films by choosing to portray strong, empowered and real characters. The star actress is also an inspiration to women of all walks of life with her confident views on body positivity and self-love as Vidya embraces her natural self rather than setting unrealistic beauty standards.
The actress who stuns the masses with her extraordinary photoshoots, never photoshop, retouches or filters for her photos for magazines and other photo shoots, defending real beauty, industry leading photographers bear witness to the same.
Celebrated Bollywood photographer Dabboo Ratnani shares: “Vidya and I have been working together for 15 years and we share great chemistry, great energy and great understanding. I think from the first session we did together, we got along like a house on fire and got amazing results. With each session we improve, because with each collaboration we experiment and try something new. I really enjoy working with her because she is very experimental, she trusts me completely. The kind of shots I did with her and the results we got from the numerous shots, including the Calendar shots, we’ve always pushed the boundaries, aiming for excellence, raising the bar every time. Since I started my career as a film photographer, most of my shoots I try to achieve the best lighting on the shoot itself, I trust the post-treatment of the images as little as possible. With Vidya, with more reasons, because she simply does not like her images to be retouched, she is completely comfortable in her own skin, she does not want to be liquefied or slimmed down in her photos, she always insists even with magazine sessions to tell publishers, agencies, etc., that we only correct the color of the images and share them, without any retouching. With Vidya, we hardly ever retouch images, we just color-correct to get the right tones and you’re done, it’s always easy with it. Especially for calendar sessions, we make sure to try something unique every time, only if the background requires some touch-ups, the floor needs cleaning, or a color correction needs to be done for something like leaves or anything in the background etc, however, we do not. retouching or over retouching any image of her. “
Celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar shares: “Rarely have I photographed someone who is as in tune with herself as Vidya Balan. As a photographer, it is refreshing to see someone have brilliant inner content while looking effortlessly elegant and beautiful without any outside help like Photoshop or even retouching their images to fit a certain standard of defined beauty. She is the epitome of Indian beauty. “
Photographer Pavitr Saith reveals: “In today’s age, while everyone pursues their desired beauty standards, Vidya Balan embraces her natural features that shine so beautifully. In fact, in my experience, she is the only celebrity who insists on being true to her individuality, representing herself as she is, without a hint of pretense. Stark, Raw and Classic. (Jokingly) make my work as a photographer an old-school challenge, without the luxury of correcting the image later during editing because it uses the original photo without alterations, keeping it completely real. “
In the world of audiences constantly falling prey to unrealistic standards and prone to self-doubt, Vidya Balan offers a true reflection of individuality with his stance.
Being the true inspiration to women around the world, not only with her phenomenal accomplishments, but also with her exceptionally serious opinions, Vidya Balan is the true influencer we need.
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