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Vidya Balan, unrecognised in Kolkata

Director Sujoy Ghosh risks leaving actor on the streets of Kolkata without security, she returns without a scratch since she couldn’t be identified.

bollywood Updated: Feb 10, 2012 17:21 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi

Director Sujoy Ghosh tossed a reality check with actor Vidya Balan in her pregnant get-up, in pursuit to take a look test in Kolkata before he started shooting for Kahaani. “We just left her loose on the streets of Kolkata. She climbed into a tram, but surprisingly, the passengers didn’t recognise her. They actually got up to let her sit. I have to say it was a quick process, and it worked,” says Sujoy, adding, “We did that at the spur of the moment. Thinking about it now, we wonder had people recognised her, she would’ve probably been mobbed. We didn’t even have any security back then.”

Kahaani revolves around a pregnant woman in search of her husband — the father of her unborn child. Sujoy, who is said to have worked for a long time on the project, says he thought of the idea keeping in mind the mental strength of a woman when she conceives. “This aspect of a woman has always fascinated me. A mother would do anything to protect her child,” he says.

Prod him on whether he had anyone else in mind, had Vidya refused to do the film, Sujoy says, “It was first Vidya and then Kahaani. It was natural progression.” Reportedly, Sujoy has made Amitabh Bachchan sing a Rabindra Sangeet Ekla Chalo Re… for the film and he might include a couple more of those, but doesn’t want to go overboard with Bengali songs.

“The songs will be used to meet the demands of the script. We won’t use too many of them, though. Tagore has written songs for every situation, but not every corner of the country will understand or take interest in Rabindra Sangeet,” says Sujoy.