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Vidya Balan : “For the wardrobe, I would like to take as much responsibility as Manish”


The starlet who was given the thumbs up for her debut performance in Parineeta, Vidya Balan was touted as the industry’s next Madhuri Dixit. She might have got criticised for being older than the current breed of heroines or for gaining on weight and looking unpleasant in Heyy Babyy. But with hits and critical appreciation in her favor, there is no stopping for Vidya Balan. Here is an exclusive interview with Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN.

Vidya Balan talks about her pathetic wardrobe in Heyy Babyy, her latest film with Aziz Mirza : “Lucky Charm“, the contorversy surrounding, Eklavya and the directors she wants to work with.

Rajeev Masand: You are just back from a long two-month outdoor in Toronto shooting for Aziz Mirza’s Lucky Charm . What was the experience like, being away for so long?

Vidya Balan: Yes, this has been my longest outdoor. Toronto is a beautiful place and it was my first trip there. We were at a very pretty location downtown. We were actually on Lake Ontario so it was beautiful. I love Aziz Mirza. He spreads so much positivity and cheer that rubs off on everyone. Otherwise what can happen on such a long shoot is that you just get on each other’s nerves. But I don’t think any of that happened. We really had a nice time.

Rajeev Masand: With you being away for two months, you didn’t really get to savour the success of you film Heyy Babyy.

Vidya Balan: Yes, I have just come in though I know it has done really well because I have been in touch with Sajid (Khan) and a couple of other people from the team. I have not been here to enjoy the success but that has also saved me a lot of flak. So maybe there’s a reason for everything.

Rajeev Masand: The flak was not really directed towards your performance as much as it was directed towards your wardrobe.

Vidya Balan: That’s some respite at least. For the wardrobe, I would like to take as much responsibility as Manish (Malhotra) because I think I was a little blasé about the clothes and the look. I tried to be different but I have learnt that you don’t have to look different for the sake of being different. Manish and I should have been more careful because it is the first time I have sported a western look. It would unfair to say that Manish gave me bad clothes because I can also look into the mirror and see what works and what doesn’t. But I didn’t bother too much so both of us should be splitting the flak.

Rajeev Masand: Your film Bhool Bhulaiyya is releasing on the same day as Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. You were offered a role in Laaga … first but you could not do it for whatever reasons. So do you that find it ironic or poetic?

Vidya Balan: Poetic, yes. Like I have said before, I never imagined not being part of Dada’s (Pradeep Sarkar) film. I just got to know a week ago that it’s releasing on the same day. I was amazed. It’s great.

Rajeev Masand: You must feel tricky because you can’t want the other film to not do well.

Vidya Balan: I don’t want anyone’s film to not do well. I’m not trying to sound holier-than-thou but I know what goes into making a film and I think there are enough people to be watching all kinds of films.

The Beautiful Vidya Balan


Pic : The Beautiful Vidya Balan 

Rajeev Masand: You must have heard that your film Eklavya has a bit of a controversy surrounding it regarding it being sent for the Oscars. What’s you view on this?

Vidya Balan: I wouldn’t like to say much about it because at the moment the matter is sub judice. As an actor, it just feels good that one of my films was selected. Last year, Lage Raho Munnabhai was sent as an independent entry. I enjoyed working on Eklavya. Vidhu Vinod Chopra is someone who I had wanted to work with ever since I had seen Parinda. I remember in a little black book I had a list of directors I wanted to work with and his name was in one of the first pages.

Rajeev Masand: Tell us a little more about this little black book. So how many names have you struck off it already?

Vidya Balan: I’m a very greedy person. I have worked with Mani Ratnam but I want to work with him on a full-fledged role. There’s Vidhu Vinod Chopra who I again want to work with. Strangely, I had watched Dada’s music videos and I had told myself I want to work with him. He stopped doing music videos. Finally when he did one after two and a half years I was actually in it. So divine intervention, I guess. There’s Rajkumar Santoshi and Nikhil Advani who I have worked with also.

Rajeev Masand: So that’s a good record.

Vidya Balan: Yes, but there’s a long, long, long way to go.

Rajeev Masand: Best of luck. Let’s hope we see a lot of different roles and films from you. Thank you for talking to us.

Vidya Balan: Thank you.


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