Female actors in Bollywood have often been written off after marriage. Even nowadays, there is a considerably long break before they get back to essaying full-fledged roles. In past two years, however, heroines from 90s are making a comeback onscreen. Madhuri Dixit was seen in Dedh Ishqiya and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani while Aishwarya will soon be seen in Jazbaa. Vidya Balan, noentheless, says that getting marrried might have worked against her career.
After her last three films failed to create magic at the box office, Bollywood actor Vidya Balan, who is gearing up for the release of Hamari Adhuri Kahani says that during that 'low phase', a thought did cross her mind that whether getting married worked against her. "My past three films did not work. The thought did cross my mind as to whether my marriage did impact (my career)," Balan says at the ongoing Women Economic Forum. "But I think the success of a film has to do with whether the movie is good or not. There are also multiple variables that contribute for the success of the film," she adds.
Vidya expresses hopes that her next movie with Emraan Hashmi, proves that married heroines can be hugely successful. She says it is a wrong notion that after marriage, they can't make a successful career. "There are a lot of actresses who have got married and are successful," and she names veterans like Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
The National award-winning actress says that marriage was never on cards until she met Siddharth (Roy Kapur), with whom she tied the knot in 2012. Balan said that after she met Siddharth, she could imagine spending rest her my life with him. "He has been brought up to believe in marriage as coming together of equals.. I was happy to get married.. Touchwood its great," she said.
"My family went with the perception of cinema of being big bad world. I told my parents that I will do one film and I will quit. I got signed for Malayalam film which was shelved. Later there were about three films that I was part of which were shelved. I was labelled jinxed. I was thrown out of the film because of that," she says.
"When I was growing up, I did not like my name because it was old fashioned. Every alternate girl had that name. My sister was Priya but still I liked her name. It was much later that I began to appreciate the name that my parents have given me.. I started liking it when one of the guy told me that Vidya is such old world name and you are old world charm," Vidya says.
"Only two things that they have held me together is my family and my faith. I am irreligious. I don't pray to particular god but I pray to supreme God. I am eternally optimistic. I know that if the sun go down it has to come up," she adds.
Vidya admits that she came into the industry as a selfish odd girl. "I thought I was the best actress ever born. Parineeta convinced me. For someone who wanted one complete film, it was a big deal," she says. "But slowly criticism started happening. I suddenly began to be criticised and there came a stage where everything I did or did not do was being criticised. I was completely confused," Vidya adds.