The past few months have been busy for Vidya Balan, with her time divided between three projects, including Tumhari Sulu, Begum Jaan and last year’s Kahaani 2. In fact, the actor says 2016 was the busiest year she’s had since her career began. “Working on three films in one year was quite hectic. Moreover, all the roles are very different from each other, and last year the projects were back-to-back. Usually, I get some time between films, but this time I didn’t,” she says.
However, Vidya isn’t the type to churn out movies all year. The National Award-winner says she likes to unwind between projects so she can relax to get back to her normal self. “I sleep a lot after a film. I spend time with Sidharth (Roy Kapur; husband) and my family. I don’t read much, make public appearances or shoot for anything. I try to not take any meetings. This is actually the ideal scenario for the two weeks after the shooting for a film has been wrapped up. Invariably, I never get two weeks to myself. I try my best to be as lazy and vegetate as much as I can. I eat a lot and exercise and listen to music too.”
While she is known for her intense performances in movies focused on women, Vidya isn’t averse to roles that are different from what she has done so far. “In fact, it would be interesting to do a role that requires dancing. I would love to do a dancing role. But, no one offers it to me,” she jokes. “I have done the song and dance bit in films, but I didn’t really enjoy it. I would be petrified when I was doing those parts, as I am not a dancer. It would stress me out. But now, when I am not doing them, I feel I can enjoy it more, because I am a lot more uninhibited now. Freestyle dancing is easier for me, as I don’t like structure.”