A debut with a Bengali film left such a deep impression on her mind that Tamil actress Vidya Balan went on to act in three Hindi films having a strong Bengal connection, made Kolkata her second home and even vowed to marry a Bengali. But the reason for her bonhomie with the City of Joy remains a mystery that the Kerala-born actress has yet to unravel. “I have just accepted that there is a relation. My mom keeps on saying that there might be something from a past life because I do not know anyone with so much of love for Bengal. Even the man in my life will have to deal with another love affair and that is Kolkata,” said Vidya.
Be it the films, food, language, culture, fashion and songs - the 33-year-old Bollywood actress has lapped up everything from Bengal. “I even know some Bengali songs and rhymes,” she said, adding that her unflinching love for Kolkata is so deep and self-evident that people often thing she is a Bengali. Vidya first went to Kolkata nearly a decade ago for Goutam Halder’s Bhalo Theko in 2003. “That was where it all began. I felt a sense of familiarity. I could instantly connect with, she said.