Although her last three releases — Ghanchakkar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Bobby Jasoos — didn’t do well at the box office, actor Vidya Balan feels no pressure to do well in her upcoming film, Humari Adhuri Kahani. Rather, she says that it’s a blessing in disguise.
“No, there is no pressure at all, thanks to these films (not doing well). There is pressure when all your films do well and people expect the same from your next,” says an unfazed Vidya. And another ­learning from her past few films is that the attitude of the industry changes with the fate of the film. “Yes, I do think that the attitude within the industry, and your standing, both change,” says the candid 37-year-old actor. And she goes on to give a realistic picture of things.
“At the end of the day, ­cinema is also business. When there is business involved, your salebility is very crucial ... A Friday determines which way you are going. But the audience has a large heart. Even if your film doesn’t work, people still express love. With three of my past films not ­working, that has been my learning. Before that I had a fabulous phase, when every film of my film was working ... there was critical and commercial success, awards and everything. After that, I went through this (when films didn’t work), I realised that what changes is your commercial viability, how much you get paid for your next film or how much your film can get in terms of budget,” says the Padma Shri awardee. And she ­confesses that even she was affected by it. “The fate of your films affects the amount you charge and the budget of your films. Yes, it has happened to me too. But come Friday and things will change again,” laughs Vidya, who will be seen in a Mohit Suri directorial alongside actor Emraan Hashmi.
In fact, she says that she does not let disappointment get to her. “I know I am here to stay, so I don’t get worried when I don’t have a release for some time, I do things at my own pace. And every film is different. I strongly feel that people are going to love my upcoming film,” says the National Award winner, about the love story that is based on the life of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents.