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Balan, the bombshell

entertainment Updated: Nov 05, 2010 01:41 IST

Actor Vidya Balan, who is sizzling on the cover of a men’s magazine this month, says that for her, Diwali is a family affair. “No crackers for me. We light diyas all over the house. Diwali is about rangoli, mithai, dressing up, meeting family and friends, and, most importantly, sharing with as many people as possible,” she says.

The actor says the noise on Diwali bothers her, and she’s always trying to convince her family to take a holiday and travel out during the festival. “But, my mother and sister don’t allow that,” she says.

In her sexiest shoot to date, Balan has bared almost all for the cover of FHM India’s November issue. Inspired by her forthcoming film based on the life of south Indian actor, Silk Smitha, Vidya shows just how oomphy an undraped sari can be. This, incidentally, is the men’s magazine’s first ever cover girl in a sari.

“I’m so glad people are getting bored of just seeing women in bikinis — we’ve become very parochial about sexiness. I was really glad when people saw Ishqiya and wrote, ‘Even in a 200 buck sarishe makes you want her’. I think the sari is by far the sexiest garment — it covers the right amount, it exposes the right amount — it’s such a tease, and I like teasing,” says the actor.

About her upcoming film, she says, “Everyone is saying it is all about Silk Smitha, but for me the story has to work. True, people do know her as a raunchy, almost sensational actor. Her every move, every dance and every action spelt sex. But, I don’t see the movie as being sleazy.” Asked whether she’s single, Balan says, “Well, the media has linked me up with hundreds of people … If you ask me, I’ll always say I’m single.”
(inputs from Minakshi Saini)

Diwali 2010 special

Bollywood divas say ‘no’ to patakhas
I’ve never burst crackers in my entire life! Diwali is about lights and doing up my house.
Koena Mitra

I am totally against firecrackers, more so because I have a dog who is petrified of them.
Eesha Koppikhar

I used to burst crackers as a child, and I realised that they cause pollution, so I stopped.
Sameera Reddy

I abhor firecrackers. The noise bothers me. For me, Diwali is about light, mithai and rangoli.
Vidya Balan