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    I will continue to dare on screen - Vidya Balan

    [Interview by Vishal Verma]
    Monday, March 05, 2012
    Says Vidya Balan, the queen bee of Bollywood who is all set to bomb back on the B.O. with the mother of all stories ''''Kahaani'''' - her fifth female-centric film after ''''Paa'''', ''''Ishqiya'''', ''''No One Killed Jessica'''' and ''''The Dirty Picture''''. The thriller drama is directed by Sujoy Ghosh where the B-town''''s vixenish beauty plays a pregnant woman in search of her husband and the father of the child.

    Here the intelligent, vivid, actress discreetly shares her ''''Kahaani'''', womanhood, motherhood and of course the secret behind her powerfully strong acting....

    You seemed to have lost weight

    Yeah, some, will be more focused on this soon after Kahaani gets released.

    You are blessed with having amazing contrast in you roles like Paa to Ishqiya to The Dirty Picture... What excited you for 'Kahani'?

    It's a mother of all stories, very interesting, something which makes you say 'Hmmm this is something'. A scary thought of a person goes missing with whom you have stayed and carrying his child. You come to know that the person doesn't exist. You are alone in Kolkata, during the time of Durga Pooja, the place is unknown for you and you are pregnant by six months trying to find the whereabouts of the father whose child you are carrying in your womb.

    Kahaani has been shot in actual locations and lot has been said about the never before depiction of the city in the film...

    Yeah, Sujoy has shot the film on actual locations on the streets on the shanty allies, by lanes where no one would have imagined anyone would have shot a film. The way Sujoy has shown Kolkata in the film is amazing and very different.

    How did the crowd reacted by seeing you pregnant on streets... Any particular experience which you would like to share?

    The crowd response was very encouraging like this one; when I was standing near a bus stop, a boy and a girl where talking facing each other. Suddenly they saw me and the girl came near me and asked 'Vidya Balan? Pregnant...?' I said yes for 6 months; but only for the film.... The response has been positive. Sometimes it was difficult to control the crowd but it was a lifetime experience.

    What's the secret behind such strong indulgence, commitment of yours towards woman centric roles you have done so far?

    My work is the extension of my belief. I have been brought up by strong women like my mother, my sister. I have seen strong women around my neighborhood. They have influenced me during my upbringing. Be it my school, my college, my house. I have seen how women get treated in my house. My father always treated my mother with dignity. That's the way I have been brought up and that's the way I see the world to be. It comes from there...

    What preparation, pressure for Kahaani?

    Not much preparation for the pregnant walk. It comes naturally when that pouch is tied on your stomach. I use to observe and imitate pregnant walk during my college days when I use to see those women on bus, train, streets etc... Pressure? Yeah, to support Sujoy in his cause as we had a tight schedule and budget.
    Sujoy used to be stress because of that but he didn't expressed it in public during the shoots. I was aware of this throughout and he use to share it with me. Yes there was a pressure to continuously support Sujoy and complete the film as per schedule without compromising on the quality of my work.

    You are playing a mother again after Paa. What difference have you noticed between the mothers of Bollywood during yesterdays and today's?

    Today's moms are not helpless. She has her own identity as a person. Nowadays filmmakers show the human being in such characters which is less dramatic and more real. But in no way the motherhood has reduced. In Paa did she have less love for the child...?
    Motherhood is same but mothers are less dramatic and more real on screen nowadays.

    Women day is coming on 8th what you have to say?

    I don't believe in such days. You celebrate one day and the other days you are abusing her. So many days nowadays - Father's day, Mother's day... we should have a human day one day!

    Your responsibility as an actress and as a star has increased post 'Dirty Picture'. How much important is commercial success to you now?

    It has been always important. Lot of effort goes and you will like more and more people to watch your film. Otherwise you will just shoot a video of your passion and show it to 5-10 people and won't make a film.

    Will B.O. result will have any influence on choosing roles in future. If something goes wrong, will Vidya Balan's dare devilry on screen stop?

    No not at all. I will continue to dare on screen and accept challenges. Rest is up to the audience.


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