Vidya Balan says she loves and lives cinema. However, she has an interesting take on her passion, “I am not the kind who stresses on work all the time. I like spending time with my family, catching up on a movie or playing with my nephew and neice. I like to experience the liitle joys of real life to get inspired and give back these experiences to my reel life.” Excerpts from an interview
Who: Vidya Balan, Actress
What: Speaking about films
I was married for just two months when I started shooting for my upcoming film with Farhan Akhtar. So, I couldn’t draw inspiration from my real life to play a married woman with a newborn baby. The situations in the film are so close to real life that they will make you smile and chuckle. As women, we tend to react differently to different situations but most men have a generic reaction to a situation (laughs). The situations will create empathy but are not meant to trivalise or caricaturise the characters.
Farhan and I are usual actors who like doing unusual roles. In fact, even before I did this film, people would tell me to do a film with him. Farhan has an overall perspective on a film because he’s a scriptwriter, director, musician and actor all rolled into one. There’s a certain subtlety that he has brought to the role. Underplaying or going over the top in this film would have diluted the characterisation.
It’s almost a year since I had a release ('Ghanchakkar'). I don’t bother about such things because my job is to choose my job instinctively, do my best and not bother about the rest. I never plan my releases. I firmly believe that work speaks for itself. Infact, I like the pace between my films to do other things that hold my interest. There’s more to life than just films.
The nation’s choice
I aspired to win the Best Actress Award. However, being honoured with the Padma Shri is more than I had ever imagined. I feel blessed and it gives me an impetus to do better work. In a sense, this award tells me that I am in the right profession.
Siddharth (Roy Kapur) is a very supportive husband. The best thing about him is that he’s completely non-judgemental. The fact that he’s from the same medium helps because he understands the pressures of time involved not only in shooting but also in promoting a film. We both understand each other’s demands at work.
And to put the record straight, I am not pregnant. I cannot even think of starting a family this year because I have my work commitments and it would be unprofessional on my part to commit to my producers and then back out.