Vidya en­joys be­ing a pub­lic fig­ure

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While many celebs com­plain about their per­sonal lives be­com­ing pub­lic, Vidya Balan says that this is a small price to pay for star­dom. The 37-year-old ac­tor says that while there are some days when it gets chal­leng­ing to al­ways be in the pub­lic glare, on most days she en­joys it.

“I really enjoy be­ing a pub­lic fig­ure… I enjoy the ac­knowl­edge­ment, recog­ni­tion and the priv­i­leges that it ac­cords me and the re­spect and at­ten­tion that I re­ceive. There are times when you are ex­hausted or hav­ing a bad day and you want to be left alone. Prob­a­bly that day, it gets to you. Oth­er­wise, I’m quite okay with peo­ple be­ing in­ter­ested in my life… you chose this pro­fes­sion with your eyes wide open. You fig­ure out a way to deal with things,” she says.

Vidya says that she has tried to keep her­self as pri­vate as she can. “I just got on Twit­ter af­ter all th­ese years. I have fig­ured out how to pre­serve my­self and to not get ef­fected by the in­san­ity of this place,” she says.

How­ever, be­ing mar­ried to some­one from the same in­dus­try can get chal­leng­ing, says Vidya, who is mar­ried to pro­ducer Sid­dharth Roy Ka­pur. “It’s chal­leng­ing when the two of you have de­mand­ing sched­ules and your lives in­ter­twine. For ex­am­ple, if I don’t want to go to a par­tic­u­lar place and Sid­dharth and I have both been in­vited. Prob­a­bly, it would have been eas­ier if I was sin­gle, if I had de­cided not to go for no ap­par­ent rea­son ex­cept that I didn’t feel like step­ping out. Now that Sid­dharth and I are to­gether and if he is go­ing, then it be­comes awk­ward. You don’t want to lie and peo­ple don’t ap­pre­ci­ate you telling the truth,” she says.

Vidya says she will soon start work. “I’ll start shoot­ing for a film which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, I have a spe­cial ap­pear­ance,” she says.

I enjoy the recog­ni­tion and priv­i­leges that my pro­fes­sion ac­cords me and the re­spect and at­ten­tion that I re­ceive

Vidya Balan, ac­tor

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

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