The ac­tor says she’s not some­one who has ever had to ask for work

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Vidya Balan (right) is not run­ning any race — cer­tainly not one that leads to Hol­ly­wood. At a time when Bol­ly­wood ac­tors are mak­ing their foray or find­ing their foot­ing in the West, Vidya is con­tent with her share of work in In­dian cin­ema. “The only thing that guides my de­ci­sion is the role, the sto­ries that come to me. That could be from any part of the world — Iran, Pak­istan, Korea, China — and I am open to it,” says Vidya, whose re­cent re­lease, Begum Jaan, failed to make an im­pact at the box of­fice.

The 38-year-old in­sists that she “isn’t ac­tively seek­ing roles in Hol­ly­wood” be­cause things work dif­fer­ently there. “You have to have an agent [there] among other things. I don’t even know the process cor­rectly. I’m not some­one who has ever had to ask for work, thank­fully, but also not that I think there’s any­thing wrong in it. Some­how, it has just hap­pened like that.”

What does she think of her Bol­ly­wood con­tem­po­raries Priyanka Cho­pra and Deepika Padukone who have suc­cess­fully made a mark in in­ter­na­tional cin­ema? While Deepika starred in this year’s big Hol­ly­wood re­lease, xXx: Re­turn of Xan­der Cage, along­side Vin Diesel, Priyanka will be seen in an up­com­ing Dwayne John­son and Zac Efron-star­rer. The two have also made their pres­ence felt at in­ter­na­tional award dos. Vidya says: “It feels great that they are do­ing main­stream work [in Hol­ly­wood] be­cause for a per­son of colour — like they [peo­ple in the West] call those who are not white­skinned — to have bro­ken into the main­stream is a big step for­ward. And they’re both play­ing substantial roles.”

Vidya ad­mits that Hol­ly­wood has a global reach, but this doesn’t en­tice her enough. Men­tion that un­like in Bol­ly­wood, an ac­tor’s age is rarely a hin­drance in one’s career in the West, and the Ka­haani (2012) star says: “As long as the doors of cin­ema are open to me, and they will be till I want them to, I am fine. Hol­ly­wood is not some­thing I’m chasing.”

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