Per­sonal space is vi­tal for Vidya

Ac­tor Vidya Balan says she is a pri­vate per­son when it comes to her fam­ily, and she can­not let her job dom­i­nate her life

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE -

Strug­gle is a part of life. Ini­tially the strug­gle was, may be I will never be an ac­tor or I will die a frus­trated ac­tor. But today the strug­gles are very pub­lic. VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

She en­joys ev­ery bit of star­dom that she has achieved but Vidya Balan says act­ing is still a “job” at the end of the day for her, and she can­not let it dom­i­nate her per­sonal life. “I have seen great star­dom. I en­joy the perks that come with it. But, at the end of the day, act­ing is a job, which I try and do in the best way pos­si­ble,” she says. The Na­tional Award­win­ning ac­tor says she does not want her pop­u­lar­ity to dis­turb her or her fam­ily’s per­sonal space. “I am a pri­vate per­son when it comes to peo­ple in my life. Sid­dharth [Roy Ka­pur, hus­band], is not an ac­tor. I will not talk about him the way I will talk about my­self. I need to re­spect his right to pri­vacy. Sim­i­larly, my fam­ily, they are not ac­tors, they have not put them­selves out in the pub­lic,” she adds. The ac­tor, who made her Bol­ly­wood de­but with Pari­neeta in 2005 and, post the suc­cess of the film, signed back-to-back projects, says she de­cided to slow down as she re­alised it was im­por­tant to have a life beyond movies. She says, “I like tak­ing time. It has been nine years! First two years, I was do­ing crazy amount of work, but 2008 on­wards things started chang­ing. I re­alised I must only do things that I am fully con­vinced about and more than that I want to live my life.” Vidya doesn’t want to live only for films. “I have life beyond them. I don’t like step­ping out much. I like to be in my space when I am not shoot­ing. I don’t feel it is nec­es­sary to make pub­lic ap­pear­ances. Liv­ing life off the cam­era is very im­por­tant for me as I use those ex­pe­ri­ences to por­tray my char­ac­ters,” she says. Vidya had a tough time in scor­ing her Bol­ly­wood break­through and the ac­tor says the strug­gle still con­tin­ues. She, how­ever, feels the course of strug­gle has changed as it is more about deal­ing with the pub­lic na­ture of her suc­cesses and fail­ures. “Strug­gle is a part of life. Ini­tially the strug­gle was, may be I will never be an ac­tor or I will die a frus­trated ac­tor. But today the strug­gles are very pub­lic. Any­thing I do goes pub­lic. Now I have this pres­sure. Now my hits and flops are pub­lic. But still the strug­gle now is far bet­ter than what it was ini­tially. At least, I am liv­ing my dream. I have ma­tured with the ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says. Vidya, who has fea­tured in films like The Dirty Pic­ture (2011) and Ka­haani (2012), will next be seen in Tumhari Sulu. The movie also fea­tures ac­tors Manav Kaul and Neha Dhu­pia.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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