is so impressed with co-star Vidya Balan’s acting skills that he now wants to cast her in one of his future projects. “Vidya is such a ­natural actor. I feel fortunate to have worked with her,” says the 40-year-old actor, who shared space with her in their recent film, Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
“When I heard that I have been paired with her, I thought that I will really have to work hard to match her level, and subsequently it was a very good experience working with her,” says the actor, who made his foray into acting with Rock On!! (2008), adding, “Vidya is a very talented actor, and I would love to cast her when I make a film in future.” Akhtar has won all major awards for his performance last year in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Does he feel flattered? “It was ­certainly overwhelming, but what’s more encouraging is what comes after that... the praise, love and adulation from ­everybody around,”