A few days ago, several news reports suggested that Bollywood actor Vidya Balan had joined screenwriter Anjum Rajabali and 190 other filmmakers in signing a letter to send to the President Pranab Mukherjee, requesting him to declare the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) autonomous. However, when we asked Vidya about it, she says the reports were untrue.
“I haven’t signed the letter. I had been told that I would be sent the letter. But before the letter reached me, it was out in print that I had signed it, and I didn’t appreciate that. It’s not a letter that you’re writing to a friend; it’s being written to the President of India. You can’t just say I have signed the letter when I haven’t,” says Vidya, who has finished shooting for a Marathi film recently, in which she plays late actor Geeta Bali in a guest role.
The actor has no film announcements to make at the moment. She says she is happy taking things easy. “I’ve taken some time to figure out what exactly I want to do, because I wasn’t particularly excited about the roles coming my way. Unless I’m completely convinced about a role, I won’t invest my time in a film. Now I feel I’m close to that, so hopefully, an announcement will happen soon,” she says.
Vidya, who is known for doing offbeat roles (with films like Ishqiya, 2010, The Dirty Picture, 2011, and Kahaani, 2012), doesn’t want to break the momentum. “I’ve been fortunate to have done different kinds of roles. That’s what excites me. So if it’s just a different version of one of the characters that I’ve played, then I’m not interested,” she says.
While B-Town is considered an industry, where not having a release for a long time often takes a toll on an actor’s career, Vidya is certain that her relationship with the industry is a “love affair of a lifetime”. “I’m here for a lifetime. This is all I know. This is a love affair of a lifetime, and maybe beyond. I love what I do, and I treat it as a profession that I’m passionate about. So, I’m not worried about not being seen on the big screen for a year, or being forgotten,” she says.