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'Post-Chak De!, Striker is a movie to watch out for'

The Chak De! India babe who headed the Indian hockey team and attained victory for it, both on-screen as well as off-screen, is back on the silver screen, with her next venture Striker, releasing this Friday. Here's an exclusive tête-à-tête with the lady.

entertainment Updated: Feb 02, 2010 16:37 IST
Priya Rajendran

Vidya malvade


Chak De!

India babe who headed the Indian hockey team and attained victory for it, both on-screen as well as off-screen, is back on the silver screen, with her next venture


, releasing this Friday. Vidya Malvade sums up her feelings at the moment: "Every Friday is as jittery for actors like me and this time, it's nothing different as this is after

Chak De!

I have my fingers crossed."

Vidya will be sharing screen space with co-actor Siddharth Narayanan, Nicolette and Padmapriya Janakiraman in her next film Striker. Priya Rajendran catches up with the actress in an exclusive tête-à-tête, as she gets candid about her five-year journey into Bollywood, modelling and her experience as flight stewardess.

Why such a long gap after Chak De!?
I have been very selective about scripts and after a long time when Chandan Arora approached me with this script, I totally loved it.

So do you think you have struck the right deal with Striker?
(Laughs) Yeah, I think so. Though it was not for the lead, I was fairly happy with the character that I was getting to play in the film. Chandan Arora is a fantastic director who came up with this stunning script. When he chose me for the movie, everything seemed to fit in fine too. He really knows how to tap talent in all his actors. Plus it was great to share screen space with my co-actors Siddharth, Nicolette and Padmapriya.

What do you think will be public's reaction to the movie?
That only time will tell. Though I personally think it will be a great movie to watch out for and people should love the flick.

Industry reactions to your movies…
Right now, all I can say is that I have been noticed by some people and Chak De! certainly worked wonders for me. I was approached by a few directors including Chandan Arora who chose me for Striker. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with him.

Your role as Devi in the movie…
Devi is a young woman who belongs to the lower middle class strata of society, who has dreams of making it big. Eventually she wants to become a successful corporate woman though she also likes to put her family first. I could relate well to the role as I am also from a similar background where I was encouraged to study, become independent by getting a job etc, by my family.

Any déjà vu moments during the shooting of the film…
Quite a few! It reminded me of how I used to be when I was 18. Playing Devi was much simpler as she also has a sweet, yet naughty side to her in spite of her being into books all the time. My character also loves studying as much as I did when I was in school and college. In the film, I undergo a journey from an 18-year-old to a 28-year-old woman.

Have you ever given a thought to do a Marathi movie, since you are a Maharashtrian?
I have always wanted to. Yet, till now, I never got a chance to work with any Marathi filmmakers. Someone had even approached me, post my Chak De! India success, but there has been no revert though. But, we really have some brilliant actors contributing to the Marathi film industry.

Any movie which you watched recently and loved it…
Natrang is an amazing Marathi film and the cast is also great. Atul Kulkarni has done some brilliant work in it. I would love to work with him in the future.

If not an actor, what would Vidya Malvade be, today…?
Dancing has been my passion and I would have been a dancer. I have done practically everything from modeling, acting, brand endorsements, and even a flight stewardess. Every 10 years, God gives me a chance to do something new. Next, I want to turn producer. Someday, I will open a dance academy.