“In­dian cin­ema is much more than just song, dance and colour”

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Vidya Balan talks about her ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the jury at the Cannes film fes­ti­val and work­ing on her first com­edy, Ghan­chakkar. Q. So how was Cannes? A. Cannes was great be­cause I got to at­tend a film fes­ti­val and that too as a mem­ber of the jury, which meant that I was treated like roy­alty. Q. Where does In­dian cin­ema rank com­pared to world cin­ema? A. A lot of our films de­serve to be there. To­day there is greater va­ri­ety in In­dian cin­ema in terms of con­tent, treat­ment and even au­di­ence. That’s why all kinds of film are do­ing well. In the West, they have a cer­tain per­cep­tion of In­dian cin­ema, that it is all song- dance- colour. I told them it is all of that and much more. Q. What drew you to Ghan­chakkar? A. My char­ac­ter is quirky yet very real. She is a mid­dle- class, Pun­jabi house­wife whose life is about her house, her hus­band and her cook­ing. She wears th­ese out­landish clothes but doesn’t know she is loud. She is very self- as­sured. I found that very en­dear­ing. Q. What kind of mar­riage does the film por­tray? A. The cou­ple bick­ers some­times and some­times there is love. They have been mar­ried for five years so there is a level of com­fort. She knows his habits, he knows hers. It is a com­edy un­fold­ing in real sit­u­a­tions. Q. You are known to be a prankster on the sets... A. I don’t play ob­nox­ious pranks. It is just a bit of masti. I feel that ev­ery­one should have a good time on the sets.

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