Vidya Balan bowled the audience over with her act in hits like ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Shakuntala Devi’ and ‘Tumhari Sulu’. The actress has come a long way and refuses to slow down. Talking about her journey that has been often punctuated with talks about her weight issues, Vidya, in an exclusive interaction with ETimes’ Executive Editor Vinita Dawra Nangia, said, “It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public and at that time it was so insurmountable. I come from a non-film family. There was no one to tell me that these phases don’t last. My weight issue had become a national issue. I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way. I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated”.