Vidya Balan gets candid about her film, pregnancy rumours and much more
She is dogged by all kinds of rumours in the recent past. But seemingly unaffected by it all, Vidya Balan is all smiles and upbeat as she candidly talks about her life, films and her secret desires...
Why do you think, all of a sudden, there are so many detective-based films?
I think it’s because of the scams happening in the country. Along with scams, There are so many extra-martial affairs going on, so people need jasoos to handle things (smiles).
What was your first reaction when you were approached for 'Bobby Jasoos'?
When Atul (Kasbekar) called me and told me that he wants to offer a film called 'Bobby Jasoos', I thought they want me to play a kitty kind of character (Kitty was the assistant of the famous TV detective Karamchand) I didn't want to do that I was like what if I don't like it, how do I say no to Dia (Mirza). Only when they told me Bobby is a female detective, that I got excited and the script got me more excited. I totally fell in love with it.
You go out of your way to choose 'different' roles...
This has been one of the most exciting experiences for me as an actor. Firstly, I have not played a character like this but the fact that she’s childlike appealed to me. The enthusiasm in her is of a different level. She’s not someone who likes to cry. She’s a happy person and she loves to smile. She’s very spunky, a livewire. She is a girl from Hyderabad.
If you were a detective, who’d like to spy on?
The first on my list would be Mr. (Amitabh) Bachchan because I think as an audience we all know his mannerism and yet there’s so much we don’t know about him. Secondly, I would like to do jasoosi on Narendra Modi to know what are his plans for the country. I want to know before everyone does so that I can tell everyone first. Oh, I’d spy on religious gurus too who fool people in the name of religion.
Given the recent rumours of you being pregnant, do you think there should be a pregnancy clause in the industry?
I am all in for the pregnancy clause. I don’t think its wrong at all because if you committed to something, it’s not the kind of job that you can continue to do even when you are pregnant. This a visual medium and your altered appearance becomes obvious on the screen. I am very cognizant of that so I would never get pregnant if I have committed to a film and if I want to get pregnant, I would not do a film. Simple. I think it’s fair because there’s lots that ride on a film and as a complete professional I would respect that.
And what do you have to say about the rumours?
If this was true then you would have been able to see it. There were rumours because I was not keeping well, so people started saying 'pregnant hogi'. The day I get pregnant, everyone will get to know about it. We (husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor and her) will always want to share our joy with everyone.
Recently there have been a spate of rumours about your personal life...
I am a public figure and people are interested in me. People tend to speculate and sometimes it goes overboard and I do feel bad about it. There are days when I get upset about this but those days are very few. Most of the time I just laugh it out. I am used to it now.