I am self­ish about my space in front of the cam­era: Vidya

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Alot of ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood are ei­ther tak­ing up work in Hol­ly­wood or turn­ing di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers. How­ever, ac­tor Vidya Balan says she does not have plans of do­ing ei­ther, at least not at the mo­ment. “I have never been in­ter­ested in any other area of film­mak­ing enough, to want to learn more about it. Whether it’s di­rec­tion or pro­duc­tion, hon­estly, I have no in­cli­na­tion and more than that, I don’t think I have the band­width to man­age a com­plete pro­ject,” says Vidya.

Call­ing act­ing her first and only love, the 38-year-old adds that she is re­ally good at tak­ing in­struc­tions. “I want to be han­dled. I don’t want to han­dle peo­ple. As a di­rec­tor, you have to han­dle ev­ery­thing and every­one aur woh mere se nahi hoga. [Also] I am very self­ish about my space in front of the cam­era. I want to play ev­ery role that comes my way. And I can’t do cameo ap­pear­ances be­cause lit­tle se mere kya hoga,” laughs Vidya.

Whether it is play­ing a adult film ac­tress in Dirty Pic­ture (2012) or the owner of a brothel in Begum Jaan (2017), Vidya has never shied away from tak­ing up roles that defy set norms. She’s won awards and crit­i­cal ac­claim for her off-beat roles but the ac­tor says she has never felt the pres­sure to ex­cel. “I rather look at it as a com­pli­ment and en­joy it. I take it as a bless­ing that peo­ple have ex­pec­ta­tions from me, but I’ve never let these ex­pec­ta­tions come in way of my think­ing while de­cid­ing to do some­thing,” she says.

So has it been a con­scious choice to take up roles that mostly ad­dress strong so­cial is­sues? “I work for my­self. I do roles that I’m con­vinced about. Even though I en­joy the fact that peo­ple say I do some­thing dif­fer­ent each time, that’s not what’s guid­ing my choices. It’s my own need to do some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time… to ex­plore a new as­pect of my­self… or to live an­other per­son’s life,” she says.

I want to play ev­ery role that comes my way. And I can’t do cameos be­cause lit­tle se mere kya hoga

VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

PHOTO: RO­HAN SHRESTHA

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