Mod­has and masala chai woo Vidya Balan

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Vidya Balan has of­ten main­tained that she feels strongly for In­dia’s hand­loom in­dus­try. And re­cently the ac­tor made an im­promptu visit to an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Ban­dra Recla­ma­tion in Mum­bai.

We have been told that Vidya and her sis­ter de­cided to visit the hand­loom and hand­i­craft mar­ket, where weavers and farm­ers of­ten sit at the stalls to sell their prod­ucts.

A source close to the ac­tor says, “Ev­ery­one who was present at the event was sur­prised when Vidya turned up. She spent a lot of time at ev­ery stall, and was in­ter­ested in know­ing about the prod­ucts. She also in­ter­acted with the weavers and farm­ers.”

Ask Vidya about the ex­pe­ri­ence, and she says, “It was an im­promptu visit. It was fun to walk around the stalls. I loved the stuff that was on dis­play — from hand­wo­ven ikats and jute mod­has to the masala chai that was be­ing served there. It was a de­light to see the work there. I think it’s a great con­cept that al­lows vis­i­tors to in­ter­act with the farm­ers and ar­ti­sans di­rectly, and un­der­stand the work that goes be­hind ev­ery­thing.”

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