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Wanted only one film, can’t believe it’s been 11 years: Vidya Balan

Vidya’s tryst with showbiz began as the bespectacled Radhika of the TV sitcom Hum Paanch. Her role in Parineeta was a major departure from the clumsy Radhika to the demure Lalita, and from then there was no looking back.

bollywood Updated: Jun 11, 2016 08:49 IST
‘I don’t want to know beyond a point what people are saying about me,” says Vidya Balan.
‘I don’t want to know beyond a point what people are saying about me,” says Vidya Balan.

Having ventured into Bollywood with Parineeta in 2005, actress Vidya Balan says she has got much more than what she had hoped for. As she completes the 11th year journey in filmdom on Friday, the National Award winner is “grateful” for the opportunities that came her way.

“At one time in life, I wanted just one film release. I would have been happy if I had that one release, (but) I can’t believe I have been around for 11 years, (done) all the films that I have been a part of and worked with the people I have looked up to,” said Vidya.

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Vidya’s tryst with showbiz began as the bespectacled Radhika of the TV sitcom Hum Paanch. Her role in Parineeta was a major departure from the clumsy Radhika to the demure Lalita, and from then there was no looking back.

She tasted success with path-breaking films like The Dirty Picture, Paa, Kahaani, Ishqiya and No One Killed Jessica, and also faced failure with movies like Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. “I got great opportunities for myself as an actor, and have got so much appreciation. I feel humbled and blessed,” added Vidya, who won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her bold avatar as sex symbol Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture.

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Vidya’s latest release is TE3N, which hit screens on a day when she celebrates her Bollywood anniversary. While she has a cameo in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer, she has also done a special appearance for Marathi film Ekk Albela -- her debut in the genre. “I had always wanted to do a Marathi film. I have been born and brought up in Mumbai. I am very familiar with the Maharashtrian culture,” she said.

“I have grown up watching Marathi films on Saturday evenings. My mother used to watch them and I also watched a lot of them,” Vidya said, pointing out how “somewhere in your work, you bring in the influences from your personal life.”

Watch: Vidya Balan in a song from Ekk Albela

In Ekk Albela, which is about the life of actor-filmmaker Bhagwan Dada, Vidya plays veteran actress Geeta Bali. “The fabulous part is that it’s a special appearance as Geeta Bali, someone whom I find extremely charming and effervescent. It was recreating ‘Ekk Albela’, the songs of which have always been famous,” said the Padma Shri awardee.

But why cameos?

“It’s quite a coincidence that two films that I am doing have a special appearance and are releasing in the same month...I think June is a special month,” quipped Vidya, who in TE3N has starred with Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Watch: Vidya Balan in TE3N trailer

Previously, Vidya has worked with stars like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Emraan Haashmi, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan. But she is yet to share the screen space with Bollywood’s top three Khans -- Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir.

When do we see that happen?

“I don’t know really. I don’t think about it because I guess I am very happy with the kind of work I am doing. I don’t think about what I haven’t done or have yet to do.”

Nevertheless, she’s looking forward to new and more challenging projects.

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