I’m a big ad­mirer of Vidya Balan. I watch all her films: Sridevi

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She’s the favourite of newage Bol­ly­wood hero­ines, be it Deepika Padukone or Nim­rat Kaur. Tell ac­tor Sridevi that, and she says: “I also ad­mire them as they are all do­ing an amaz­ing job. I love to watch their movies.” Who’s her favourite? “I’m a big ad­mirer of Vidya [Balan]. I watch all her films. She’s out­stand­ing in what­ever she does,” says Sridevi. In­ter­est­ingly, Vidya Balan is set to dance to Sridevi’s hit song, Hawa Hawai from the 1987 block­buster, Mr. In­dia in her new film, Tumhari Sulu.

Giv­ing more rea­sons for her fond­ness for Vidya, Sridevi adds, “I like the ex­pres­sion and the in­no­cence in her face. [When she’s act­ing], it’s as if a light ap­pears on her face. It’s amaz­ing. She’s very tal­ented.”

Of late, a de­bate has been rag­ing about fe­male-ori­ented films in Bol­ly­wood. Sridevi’s up­com­ing film, Mom, also falls in the cat­e­gory. What’s her take on the is­sue? “There had been a break [ac­tresses were not play­ing meaty roles]. But now, they’re tak­ing up more hero­ine-ori­ented sub­jects.” The ac­tor, who has done films such as Chandni (1989), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991) and English Vinglish (2012) with strong fe­male parts, says pro­duc­ers are now will­ing to make more such films. “Films are more story-cen­tric, so it’s nice and re­ally good [for the in­dus­try],” says Sridevi.

Talk­ing of iconic films, spec­u­la­tion has been rife about her ready­ing to start work on Mr. In­dia (1987) se­quel after Mom. How­ever, she de­nies those re­ports. “There’s noth­ing like that. Peo­ple are keen [about it] and want Boneyji (Kapoor; pro­ducer and hus­band) to make Mr. In­dia part 2... He will def­i­nitely be mak­ing a part 2, but it’s too early to talk about it,” says Sridevi.

In the wake of mul­ti­ple re­makes and se­quels of old clas­sics, ask her if se­quels are a great idea and she says: “There is noth­ing wrong! It’s fun watch­ing a film again in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent style.”

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