Vidya Balan lashes out at fan who touched her without consent
'We are public figures, not public property,' said Vidya Balan after the incident
Very often, Bollywood celebrities, especially actresses, find themselves at the receiving end of unwanted attention from fans at public places. Vidya Balan, who is usually very welcoming of her admirers, found herself in an unpleasant situation on 12 March, 2017, when a fan who invaded her personal space.
According to a Spotboye report, Balan was at the Kolkata airport with Begum Jaan's producer Mahesh Bhatt and director Srijit Mukherji, when a male fan approached her for a selfie. When Balan said yes, the fan immediately put his arm around her.
Balan said, "Don't," to the fan, but he persisted. At this point, her manager stepped in and said, "Please, don't do that." When the manager intervened, the fan finally took his arm off. But when he put his phone camera on and Balan was about to pose for the selfie, she felt a hand on her back.
By then, Balan had lost her cool, and she screamed at the man. "What do you think you are doing? This is wrong," she said in response to him touching her. He still insisted on taking a picture and asked her, "Can I have a selfie?" She said, "No you can’t, behave yourself!" in a loud voice and walked away.
Realising that a crowd would soon begin to gather following this incident, the fan quickly left the scene. About the incident, Balan said this:
"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." The anger and assertiveness was apparent in her voice, says the report.
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