Vidya Balan hit headlines last year when she opted out of her good friend and ­filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh’s movie — Durga Rani Singh — ­citing health reasons. Upset and helpless with her last-minute ­withdrawal after all the arrangements for the shoot were made in Kolkata, Ghosh reportedly bore heavy losses, and this finally led to the end of the Sujoy-Vidya camaraderie that had given the ­cinematic treat called Kahaani (2012). The two have never spoken about their soured terms so far, but Vidya now reveals to us that she is not on talking terms with him.
“I think that way (like friends), he (Sujoy) and I are not communicating with each other at all, and I don’t know what the future holds ... that’s all I can say,” says the 36-year-old actor, who won several awards for her ­portrayal of the ­character of a ­pregnant ­software ­engineer in search of her missing husband in Ghosh’s National Award-winning film, Kahaani.
Ghosh had to ­eventually shelf Durga... as he was ­reportedly facing trouble financing the film, since he failed to find an A-Lister to ­replace Vidya after both Kangana Ranaut and Kareena Kapoor Khan also walked out of the film. While rumour mills at the time suggested that Vidya quit the project because she was pregnant, buzz was also rife that she had actually opted out of the film because her husband, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, had refused to finance the film.
Asked about the latter, Vidya bursts into a laughter, saying, “Luckily, I’ve been an actor before I met Siddharth. I do not expect him to produce every film of mine. Actually, I will be more ­comfortable if he didn’t, because it’s just healthier for our marriage. So there was no question of that at all.” As for the pregnancy rumours, she says, “When I opted out of that film for health reasons and wasn’t being explicit about what those were, ­people found it convenient to say that I was pregnant. It didn’t upset me because it showed me ­another side to people who I thought I knew well.”