Vidya loves ‘va­ri­ety’

Balan says she be­came an ac­tor to “live dif­fer­ent peo­ple’s lives”

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It has been 12 years since Vidya Balan made her Bol­ly­wood de­but with Pari­neeta. Ever since, the ac­tor has gone on to play a va­ri­ety – happy, in­tense and comedy – of char­ac­ters. But for the past cou­ple of years, Vidya has mostly donned in­tense avatars, which is set to change with her next, Tumhari Sulu. HT Café does a quick chat with the ac­tor about a break from heavy­duty parts and more.

This year, you played an in­tensee part in Begum Jaan, and now you ou will play a vi­va­cious per­son in your next. As an ac­tor, does it give you a big kick?

Ab­so­lutely! I just love the va­ri­ety of roles that I have been get­ting to play through these years and I hope that va­ri­ety gets even more var­ied. d. What I mean to say is that I hope the va­ri­ety only in­creases be­cause just think­ing about these two starkly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters is so ex­cit­ing. So, while Begum m Jaan was in­tense with my char­ac­ter be­ing dark and an­gry, Sulu is pos­i­tive and quirky. So, these are like two ends of the spec­trum. There is noth­ing com­mon be­tween them, and that’s the rea­son why I be­came an ac­tor, so that I could live dif­fer­ent peo­ple’s lives and tell dif­fer­ent kinds of sto­ries. So yes, it’s ex­tremely ex­cit­ing.

Your last few films such as Begum Jaan, Ka­haani 2 (2016), Te3n (2016) and Ha­mari Ad­huri Ka­hani (2015) saw you in heavy­duty avatars. Were you look­ing for a break?

Yes, that’s so true. I can’t tell you how big a joy it was to be able to laugh on screen. Some­one who knows me al­ways tells me, ‘Oh my God, you have got such a crazy sense of hu­mour.’ Oth­er­wise also, peo­ple tell me, ‘You are so much fun, and why don’t you do fun char­ac­ters?’ So now in my new film, I am smil­ing in whole­sale [quan­ti­ties]. And of course, the tim­ing couldn’t have been bet­ter. Af­ter do­ing in­tense films for the past cou­ple of years, I think this was more than wel­come.

I just love the va­ri­ety of roles that I’ve been get­ting to play through these years and I hope that va­ri­ety gets even more var­ied. VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

You have acted in a va­ri­ety of films such as Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Kis­mat Kon­nec­tion (2008), The Dirty Pic­ture (2011) and Ka­haani (2012) among oth­ers. But what kind of parts — happy or se­ri­ous ones — are closer to your heart? I think hon­estly, my choice of films or role is very in­stinc­tive so I in­vari­ably choose scripts that re­spond to my state of mind. Touch­wood, I think, I am in a happy space right now, so maybe that’s why I got drawn to this role. Noth­ing is easy and, at the same time, noth­ing is dif­fi­cult if you en­joy it. So, I have en­joyed every mo­ment of my jour­ney and now play­ing the spir­ited Sulu too. Do you still get ner­vous be­fore a film’s re­lease? Right now, I am kicked that I have done a happy film. In fact, it’s been a while since I have done a bright, happy movie and in Tumhari Sulu, she is an ‘en­thu cut­let.’ My char­ac­ter is full of beans, has got a zest for life and is rar­ing to go. I have en­joyed the film. Peo­ple are go­ing to see me in a dif­fer­ent avatar. I will go as far as say­ing that peo­ple may not have seen me in this kind of a mad-hat­ter role ever and that’s very ex­cit­ing so, I am not ner­vous.

PHOTO: RO­HAN SHRESTHA

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