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Vidya Balan: 'Kahaani 2' was meant to happen with me and Sujoy

Their brief fall-out after "Kahaani" put a question on the future of the sequel but Vidya Balan and Sujoy Ghosh reunited for part two and the actress says the movie was probably destined to happen with them.

Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan

"We were not talking to each other due to, I don't know, some kind of miscommunication. But I think with Sujoy and me that's very understandable because we either get along famously or we don't.
So, we should just focus on today," Vidya said with a laugh when asked about her tiff with Sujoy.

Apart from "Kahaani 2", which just wrapped, Vidya is doing a special role in Sujoy's production "TE3N", starring Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles.

"We have done another film ('Kahaani 2') together and I am glad that it has worked out. Maybe, 'Kahaani 2' was meant to be with Sujoy and me. Therefore, we patched up. We put in all that we had. Let us see what is in store for us," Vidya told PTI in an interview.

The actress, 38, says she did "TE3N" for the joy of working with Bachchan and Siddiqui.

"I love thriller genre. Ribhu (Dasgupta, director) has done something new within the genre and that interested me. It had Sujoy and Kolkata besides Mr Bachchan and Nawaz in lead roles. I knew there was not much for me but I did it for the joy of it."

Vidya, who will be next seen in Marathi movie "Albela" in the role of yesteryear actress Geeta Bali, says she had slowed down the pace of her work recently due to some health issue.

The actress is now back with a number of movies such as "Begum Jaan", biopic on author Kamla Das and "Kahaani 2".

"I only slowed down because I had some health issue and I focused on it. But thankfully, I am back with full throttle."

The actress says she has her own pace when it comes to doing movies.

"Thankfully, I never had to wait for interesting roles. Since 2007, when I started making different choices, there has been no dearth of good roles. I just work at my own pace and pick roles that challenge me."

Vidya will next begin shooting for filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee's Hindi debut "Begum Jaan", which is a remake of the director's Bengali movie "Rajkahini".

"'Begum Jaan' is extremely powerful. I have never done a movie set during the pre-Partition era. I have never done a historical as such. The story is fictional but the background is backed by history. I found that interesting. I have seen Srijit's films and I feel he is an interesting director to work with."

The actress, who previously played Silk Smitha in "The Dirty Picture", says she was drawn to Kamala Das' biopic because of her intriguing persona.

"She was controversial, interesting, individualistic, unique, temperamental... You can use every possible adjective for her. She was a modern woman and I was just intrigued by her persona."

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