Mumbai: Vidya Balan is a much loved Bollywood star who has several fans around the world. Selfie-seekers gather around her every time she steps out in public and the actress is always ready to greet them with a smile.
But things took an ugly turn recently when a man walked up to Vidya at the Kolkata Airport.
A few days ago, Vidya was in Kolkata with her Begum Jaan producer Mahesh Bhatt and director Srijit Mukherj and the trios were walking in to the airport when the man approached her and asked if he could click a selfie with her.
As soon as Vidya said ‘Yes’, the man immediately put his arm around her.
Vidya was shocked and immediately told him “Don’t”. But he did not let go and continued holding onto Vidya at which point her manager stepped in and told him, ‘Please, don’t do that.’
He removed his hand and held out his phone but as soon as Vidya turned her face toward the camera for the third time, she again felt a hand on her back.
And with that, the usually soft-spoken Vidya lost her cool.
She turned around and screamed, “What do you think you are doing? This is wrong.”
The man still had the cheek to ask: ‘Can I have a selfie?’
Vidya told him off in a loud voice, ‘No you can’t, behave yourself!”
Vidya walked away from the scene. Bhatt was startled but happy to see that Vidya gave it back to the offender.
Realising that Vidya’s alarm could gather a crowd, the man beat a hasty retreat.
We spoke to Vidya about the incident and the anger was evident in her voice when she said, “When a stranger puts an arm around you, be it a man or a woman you get uncomfortable because they are intruding into your personal space.”
“We are public figures, not public property,” Vidya asserted.