I’m fa­cially, bod­ily very In­dian: Vidya

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Ac­tor Vidya Balan has ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent sub­jects in films such as Ka­haani (2012), Ka­haani 2 (2016), and her lat­est be­ing Begum Jaan. Ask her if she signs a script that ap­peals to her per­sonal self or based on the sub­jects’ saleabil­ity, and the 38-year-old says all she looks for is an ap­peal­ing story. Her de­ci­sion to do a film is “ex­tremely per­sonal”.

“I don’t take any­one’s advice. A script has to ex­cite me and chal­lenge me. I want to play a dif­fer­ent per­son with ev­ery role that I take up. I want to tell a dif­fer­ent story each time. Some­times it will work, some­time it will not work. There is no for­mula,” says Vidya. “Over time, I re­alised that I have to do what ap­peals to me. If I think I will do a film that will ap­peal to 100 peo­ple, it is pos­si­ble that the way it turns out, it may not ap­peal to even one per­son ... That’s been my strat­egy through­out, if you can call that a strat­egy. Yet, I’m say­ing I’m hu­man. There are days and times when you feel in­se­cure and vul­ner­a­ble as ac­tors,” says Vidya.

Some char­ac­ters she has es­sayed on screen have been quite rooted and earthy, with an old world charm, an In­dian ap­peal. “I think it comes most nat­u­rally to me, maybe be­cause I ro­man­ti­cise ev­ery­thing In­dia. I’m fa­cially, bod­ily very In­dian. Also, I like ev­ery­thing In­dian. I don’t know how to de­scribe it. I am shame­lessly pa­tri­otic. I take great pride in be­ing an In­dian be­cause we are a great na­tion – with a great his­tory, her­itage, cul­ture and val­ues,” says Vidya.

I ro­man­ti­cise

In­dia. I’m shame­lessly pa­tri­otic. We are a great na­tion with a great his­tory, her­itage, cul­ture and val­ues VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRAMOD THAKUR/HTev­ery­thing

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