“I am in your town today,” says Vidya Malvade when we call her up on her mobile phone on Thursday morning.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing and it feels good that everybody recognises me, asks for autographs and photographs,” says the actor who has played the captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, Vidya Sharma, in
Chak De! India
directed by Shimit Amin.
Vidya has been flooded with compliments and the one she treasures most is the comparison with veteran actor Shabana Azmi.
“Somebody said I am the young Shabana Azmi. My God! That was too much for me,” says the excited actor.
The former model has underplayed her character. “That’s how I was supposed to be in the film. I hardly had any dialogues. Yet there is a conflict on her face that I had to show through my body language. Thank you for acknowledging that I underplayed my character in the film. Critics go on writing on how Indian actors should underplay their characters but when they do so there is no mention about it,” she says.
Vidya, who is busy travelling with her co-stars as “a lot of brands want to be associated with the film”, was in Kolkata to launch Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, the new drink from Coca Cola. The actor has a strong Bengal connection. “My sister is married to a Bengali, I have been to the city many times,” she says, adding that the best thing about the city is its people.<b1>
It’s time for the former model, who also has a lot of endorsement offers, to look ahead. We are told that Vidya, whose previous releases include
U, Bomsi and Me
, is flooded with offers. “I wish I were flooded with offers,” she says modestly, adding, “However, there are some really nice films coming my way.”
The actor says she would rather not do films that wouldn’t present her well enough. “I would go for films that would enhance my career,” says the actor who has Sanjay Gadhvi’s
with Sanjay Dutt and Soumo Ganguly’s
with Abhay Deol in the pipeline.
Vidya also realises that the real struggle starts now. However, she is unfazed. “I am prepared for it. God has given me a face versatile enough to look like the girl next door, as well as a glamorous one, as you can see from my ad films. It’s just about playing a character,” says Vidya, who has also been an airhostess.