Vidya on flops: I talk, cry and move on

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com ■

Ac­tor Vidya Balan (above) has made a strong foot­ing in Bol­ly­wood with the kind of roles she has por­trayed so far. While her films such as Paa (2009), The Dirty Pic­ture (2011), and Ka­haani (2012) won her crit­i­cal ac­claim, there have been lull days at the box of­fice when films such as Bobby Ja­soos (2014), Ka­haani 2 (2016) and Begum Jaan failed to make an im­pact.

Does it bother Vidya? “It’s heart­break­ing when a film doesn’t work [even] af­ter you have put in so much in it. It def­i­nitely dis­ap­points you. But I feel that all ac­tors go through hits and flops — it never makes me ques­tion my­self,” says Vidya, adding that she doesn’t care about others’ opinion be­cause “ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to an opinion”.

Un­like sev­eral ac­tors who get bogged down af­ter a film’s fail­ure, Vidya says she is not one of those who would run away or lock her­self in a room and not talk to any­one. “I need to talk. Mu­jhe toh baat karna bahut jaruri hai… main ba­tooni jo hoon. So, I talk to my par­ents and my hus­band, Sid­dharth (Roy Kapoor). If my film flops, I talk, cry, get over it and move on,” adds Vidya.

The 38-year old ac­tor doesn’t be­lieve in car­ry­ing the bur­den of a flop film. She ex­plains, “When I am on a film set, I am just in­vested and com­mit­ted, and sur­ren­der to what I am do­ing be­cause that’s what I love the most. I’m liv­ing my dream of be­ing an ac­tor and I’m the hap­pi­est when I’m on a film set.”

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