Vidya Balan tells another story

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Vidya Balan tells another story
CT261116-NM-KHAANI2. Actress Vidya Balan was in Dubai to talk about her film Kahaani 2 which is set to release in the UAE this weeked. Photos by Neeraj Murali.

Published: Sun 27 Nov 2016, 1:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 Jan 2017, 10:44 AM

Vidya Balan is referred to as 'The Female Khan of Bollywood' not for nothing. She has the power to command the audiences, unlike any other actresses of her ilk.
Her movies like The Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica earned rave reviews and great box-office returns, even though they had no leading male stars. This was her command at the box-office for a long time. After her last major flop Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, Vidya took a seven-month break and then she signed Kahaani 2, which is the second installment of the Kahaani franchise.
"It is the story that attracted me towards this film and I was at the end of my break time. I took a break to feel better health wise and I was sorted by then. It came at the right time. I was ready to jump right back in and what better way than Kahaani 2. I love the suspense thriller genre. Because I am a very restless and impatient person, and there is so much happening in a suspense thriller, it is very exciting for me. I am someone who can't bear a film for more than two hours and I am glad to say that Kahaani 2 is a two-hour film just like the first Kahaani was," said Vidya while talking to City Times in Dubai on Sunday. She was in town to promote Kahaani 2, which releases in the UAE this weekend. Her co-star Arjun Rampal was not able to join her, but when did Vidya need any male support with regards to her movie?
She is great friends with her director Sujoy Ghosh who was upset with her for a long time after the release of Kahaani. "We are like five-year-old kids who either get along famously or don't. And then we don't even want to see each other. We avoid each other like the plague, but then we really work well with each other and that's why we came back together. Sujoy and I decided to do another film which couldn't happen then and that's why he got angry with me. I think you have to find the right script. You cannot just tell a story because you need to tell it. You have to feel compelled to tell it. We were shooting in very hot weather near Kolkata, it was close to 50 degrees, but to be out and about in such hot weather is not easy - we were sapped, but what kept us going is the story we were telling."
Describing her character further, Vidya added, "My character Durga Rani Singh is someone who is very difficult to understand because she seems very closed, withdrawn and someone like that is accused of murder and kidnapping. While it is possible, you don't know if that is the truth. The story is exploring the truth in this."

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Wounded tigress strikes back

Her last major releases like Ghanchakkar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani and Bobby Jasoos were flops at the box-office. How did Vidya overcome failure when we know that she puts her heart and soul into every project? "For sure it is heartbreaking and it is devastating sometimes. Initially, you are in denial and you cannot believe that it has not worked because no one makes a film for it not to work. We all make films believing that it will work and you just predict what works and what doesn't. Now, I think with the times that I have been through, where few of my films did not work back-to-back, I think I have realised that it doesn't matter whether a film succeeds or fails, it is as dear to you since you have put in so much (into it) and that is more important," Vidya said.
On playing madam of a brothel in
her next

Thanks to The Dirty Picture, we can vouch that Vidya can tackle sleaze in a sensual yet non-sleazy way. She has also derived energy by playing challenging characters. "I have finished work on a film called Begum Jaan. The film is set in partition times. It is a fictional story about how the line of partition ran through a brothel and I play the madam there. The partition line rendered half the brothel to India and the other half to Pakistan. It is about how we struggled to keep our place. I read a book called The other side of Silence, which gave me a sense of what women went through at the time," said Vidya describing her next.
No fear over demonetisation

Demonetisation is affecting the business of Bollywood. Movies like Rock On 2 and Force 2 have flopped because audiences did not flock to theatres to see them. The makers of these films blamed it on the demonetisation even though reviews for both the movies were bad. Vidya is not fearful about it, "I do know that in the first week movies got affected. But I also think that the situation is stabilizing now. I believe that Dear Zindagi got a very good opening so that is good news as well that people are going back to the theatres."
 
 


CT261116-NM-KHAANI2. Actress Vidya  Balan was in Dubai to talk about her film Kahaani 2 which is set to release in the UAE this weeked. Photos by Neeraj Murali.
CT261116-NM-KHAANI2. Actress Vidya Balan was in Dubai to talk about her film Kahaani 2 which is set to release in the UAE this weeked. Photos by Neeraj Murali.
CT261116-NM-KHAANI2. Actress Vidya  Balan was in Dubai to talk about her film Kahaani 2 which is set to release in the UAE this weeked. Photos by Neeraj Murali.
CT261116-NM-KHAANI2. Actress Vidya Balan was in Dubai to talk about her film Kahaani 2 which is set to release in the UAE this weeked. Photos by Neeraj Murali.


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