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'I am more Jahnvi than Lolita'

Actor Vidya Balan shares details of her upcoming project, Lage Raho Munnabhai, with Diganta Guha.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 21:27 IST

“I am not accessible? It’s just been too much work. At times, I reply to SMSs in the middle of the night,” says Vidya Balan, whose hands have been full ever since she played Lolita in her debut film, Parineeta.

The actress has Raju Hirani’s Lage Raho Munnabhai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya, Nikhil Advani’s Salaam-e-Ishq, Rajkumar Santoshi’s Halla Bol and Mani Ratnam’s Guru in her kitty.

“I am not doing Rahgeer for the time being as it has been postponed,” she says about Rituparno Ghosh’s take on Vijay Anand’s Guide.

With Lage Raho Munnabhai slated for release on September 1, Vidya clarifies that it is not a sequel. “It is just one episode in Munna’s life. It is certainly not a sequel and there are lots of parallel tracks,” says Vidya who plays Munna’s (Sanjay Dutt) love interest. It is a film that Vidya is really looking forward to.

The reason: “It’s been 14 months since Parineeta released,” says Vidya who made her big-screen debut in Goutam Halder’s Bengali film, Bhalo Theko.

Starring with two able actors like Dutt and Arshad Warsi (who plays Circuit), it was quite natural that coming up to their standards in comedy wouldn’t be easy.

Vidya Balan plays a radio jockey in Lage Raho Munnabhai.

“Both the actorsshare unbelievable chemistry and then there was Boman (Irani) who is so funny,” Vidya says.

“But the film is not just a comedy. It’s about life, it’s about a subject that everybody will connect to. There is a lot of substance,” says Vidyathe actor, who plays a radio jockey in the film.

Alot of energy flows through the film and that, she says, is because of the “energetic character of Raju Hirani.”

Vidya brings to mind the image of traditional Lolita in Parineeta. However, there is definitely an image makeover in Lage Raho Munnabhai. “Jahnvi is today’s girl and the clothes designed by Sheena Parikh compliment my looks,” says Vidya. But it is not a glamorous film, she says.

Which of the two characters does she relate to more? “There are traits of me in both, but I am more Jahnvi than Lolita,” says the actor who regrets she is not doing any Bengali film now. “Nobody is calling me.”

Having won almost all the best debutant awards for Parineeta, Vidya’s schedule is packed. How does it feel? “I am blessed and am just doing my work,” she says.

First Published: Aug 23, 2006 20:45 IST