I be­lieve in monogamy, says Vidya

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Vidya Balan has been part of a va­ri­ety of gen­res and myr­iad sub­jects in her ca­reer so far. The ac­tor has made sure to not be repet­i­tive with her choice of roles. Af­ter dab­bling into gen­res such as drama, thriller, and com­edy, is there a par­tic­u­lar genre that she would like to at­tempt now? “Maybe if some­one of­fers me some­thing that blows my mind, some­thing that I’ve not been able to imag­ine so far,” she says. “When Tumhari Sulu (2017) was of­fered to me, it felt like a breath of fresh air. But there is no par­tic­u­lar genre as such. I am open in that sense. I don’t have rigid ideas about what I want to do next or who I want to work with,” adds the ac­tor, who played a house­wife-turne­dra­dio jockey in the film.

So is she im­pul­sive about mak­ing her de­ci­sion of sign­ing a movie or does she think these things through? “I take time to fig­ure how I am feel­ing about a story. But mostly it’s in­stinc­tive. And also to sift through all the rub­bish that comes through, it takes time.”

Vidya has al­ways stated that she likes to take a break af­ter play­ing one char­ac­ter be­fore step­ping into the shoes of an­other. But would she take up two roles si­mul­ta­ne­ously, if they’re equally ex­cit­ing and of­fered around the same time? “I can’t do it. I be­lieve in monogamy

I can’t deal with two peo­ple at the same time. I won­der how ac­tors did it back in the day. Thank­fully, from the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, I’ve done one film at a time. Now, I do one film a year, usu­ally. It’s too de­mand­ing and ex­haust­ing oth­er­wise. So I am in­ca­pable of do­ing that,” says the Ka­haani 2 (2016) ac­tor.

Talk­ing about re­vis­it­ing her old films, Vidya says, “When it’s on TV, in­vari­ably I miss it, be­cause I don’t watch TV that much. But once in a while, there are some films of mine that I’ve re­vis­ited. So just as a film, I en­joy watch­ing some of them. Not just for my­self hon­estly, but more as a film. Paa (2009) is a film I’ve re­vis­ited a few times, be­cause I love it. There are some films I’ve not seen af­ter re­lease at all, and some I’ve seen for the films that they are.”

I can’t deal with two peo­ple at the same time. I won­der how ac­tors did it back in the day. From the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, I’ve done one film at a time.

VIDYA BALAN AC­TOR

PHOTO: RICK ROY

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