She proved that size zero isn’t the real way to success, even a ‘moti’ can become a star. Vidya Balan’s career can be defined as a spectrum of roles which have shades of bold, emotional and a romantic woman in them. In 2011 she set off with a serious note in ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ended the year with a sexy biopic act in ‘The Dirty Picture’.
With 2012, Vidya, who played the dotting mother in ‘Paa’ is now back playing a six months pregnant lady in ‘Kahaani’. “I believe that bearing a child is a wonderful experience. My sister just gave birth to twins. It has just added to the motherly feeling I got after doing ‘Kahaani’,” shares Vidya. But the actress refuses to reveal more about the film. ‘Kahaani’ is an emotional journey of an expectant mother who comes to Kolkata in search of her husband. The film is set to release on March 9.
Currently the most dependable actress in tinsel town, Vidya modestly denies the praise. She says, “It is good to get the credit for the success of a film but it is more of a team working together. Behind a super hit movie, there is a lot of team effort.”
She was praised for playing Silk Smitha in ‘The Dirty Picture’. And of late many of her films have been woman centric, but that doesn’t typecast the actress. Vidya says, “Female centric films are always made. They are worming now as the style of presentation has changed. However, I believe in doing a variety of roles and not just woman oriented films. I have not set any limits for myself, so any good offer and I will go for it. Even if there is a male protagonist in the film, I don’t mind taking up the project as long as I have a substantial part to play.” Talks were on that Vidya was approached by Rajnikanth, but she turned down the offer. To this the actress says, “Well it is not true. Whenever I get an offer I shall think about it.”
Vidya is ranked as one of the top most actresses in Bollywood with all the variety of roles she has played. She says, “Well it is a mystery with all these successes. I am glad that I have got the opportunity to enact different characters onscreen. I am simply taking advantage and I believe that I am fortunate enough to have got so many good projects. I hope that I get to do more films with good directors.”
But it’s never been all rosy for Vidya. The actress has faced quite a few downs like ‘Heyy Babyy’ and ‘Halla Bol’. “Many call them as mistakes, but I consider them as learning experiences. They have been an important part, without them I would not have reached where I am right now,” says Vidya.
Clearing the air on the rumours about the actress hiking her fees, Vidya says, “All the actresses have different places in the industry. So I don’t think in that competitive manner. For me, films are beyond the monetary factor. It is more than money for me. Having said that I would like to add, when it comes to money, more is indeed merrier and welcomed.”
Ask her if she is ready to tie the knot with boyfriend Siddharth Roy Kapoor and Vidya quips, “I feel my career is going on a good track. I am happy with the emotional and mental space of mine. I do believe in the institution of marriage but I am not prepared for it now. Yes, I know that I am avoiding it but that won’t be for too long.”
Recently there was news that Vidya and Siddharth had narrowly escaped an earthquake in New Zealand while she does confirm her lucky escape, but terms the news as ‘dramatised’ and dismisses any questions about the man in her life.