The graceful Vidya Balan has turned a new leaf. After her unsuccessful attempts to revamp her wardrobe in Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection, the actress has decided to go easy on the glamour quotient.
"It's not as though I'm disowning my efforts to do glamorous roles. I'm proud of Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection. But this year I'm doing films that don't need me to stretch my personality. I'm very happy doing roles that come naturally to me. That's what I decided about my career this year," Vidya told IANS.
Vidya has just given the nod to Nikhil Advani's next film Chand Bhai, which would surprise many. It is a raw, realistic and song-less film on juvenile delinquency.
"It's nothing like the high-flying glam stuff that one expects from Nikhil after Chandni Chowk To China. Chand Bhai is a stark, very real kind of drama. And I get to co-star with a very talented actor Akshaye Khanna with whom I was in Nikhil's Salaam-e-Ishq though we had just one passing shot together," she said.
The actress admits Chand Bhai doesn't feature her in the central role. "The film revolves around a delinquent boy's character. But I'm very happy to be part of a film that addresses itself an important social issue. This year I think I'm done with searching for various bylanes to my screen identity. All my forthcoming films have a sharp sense of social purpose, and that definitely includes Vibhu Puri's Chenab Gandhi, which I'm enormously excited about because it's produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali."
Vidya has been attending costume and reading sessions for Chenab Gandhi and is spellbound by the script. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Hurman S Baweja.
"I haven't really interacted that much with my co-star Hurman as yet. With Mr. Bachchan, who plays the title role, I share a lifelong bonding. Right from Eklavya - The Royal Guard, we've been paired in so many films right up to Chenab Gandhi and now Balki's (R Balakrishnan's) Pa.
"If I did all the films last year that I was offered with Mr. Bachchan, I wouldn't be working with anyone else," said Vidya, adding she's excited to work with Abhishek Bachchan for the first time in Pa.
"We've never been paired together. It would be interesting to have another interesting co-star to work with," she said.
Vidya recently saw Ghajini and was bowled over by Aamir Khan. "I'm dying to work with Aamir. And Shah Rukh Khan of course is my favourite. I said on Sajid Khan's chat show I want to kill Shah Rukh's wife. No one took me seriously. There was no enhancement in the security around her. Sad."