With her simple, girl-next-door looks and a sensuous smile, Vidya Balan has carved a niche for herself in Indian cinema. The popular Bollywood actress talks to NISHAD PADIYARATH about her upcoming movie 'Bobby Jasoos', the challenges she faced over the last nine years, her successful run at the box-office, and being a married actress
With a National award, five Filmfare awards, five Screen awards and a Padma Shri in her kitty, Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has come a long way. After becoming an overnight sensation in Bollywood with her maiden movie Parineeta, Vidya has, in some ways defined the 'new bold' in Indian cinema with stunning performances in Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani.
Vidya has broken the conventional heroine mould and is now ruling the charts in an otherwise male-dominated industry. The 31-year-old actress who was recently honoured by the government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, says she is happy to be the face of the change. "We were being submissive to heroes. I am now being offered roles where the heroine has an identity of her own. It reflects what is happening across the world and in India too," she says. With her new movie Bobby Jasoos slated for release on July 4, Vidya talks about how she allows her instinct to nudge her in choosing, and essaying the roles. Excerpts
The trailer of your new movie 'Bobby Jasoos' is now on Youtube. What is special about this movie?
Bobby Jasoos is a detective film directed by Samar Shaikh, and produced by Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha for Born Free Entertainment. The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment. It celebrates the aspiration of Bobby, who wants to become the top detective in Hyderabad. When they (the makers) told me that I was going to play the central character in the film, I immediately thought about the popular Indian detective Karamchand. As you know, Karamchand played by noted actor Pankaj Kapur was a popular Indian detective TV series that was telecast in the 1980s. It was one of India's first and biggest detective series. This movie is fittingly a tribute to Karamchand. I read the script, and had a few meetings with Samar and Sanyuktha Chawla (the script writer) to understand their vision, as this was a great concept. I immediately agreed to do this film. After the first trailer was launched, we got an overwhelming response. I am quite excited about the movie.
You are probably the first Bollywood actress to do the role of a female detective. How was the experience of playing the central character in this film?
Frankly, I never thought someone would want to make a film about a female detective. It was an exciting subject and I connected to the story intuitively. The character Bobby talks in Hyderabad dialect. We had a workshop where I underwent a month long training with a person called Abbas Malik, and he trained me very well. It was tough to learn the language initially but I picked it up really well. We had great fun while shooting for the movie. I think this is one of the best roles I have done so far.