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
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.