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Vidya uncomfortable with "sex symbol" tag

Daring enough to clearly say no to exposing in a bikini and unperturbed by rumours of her links with her co-stars, the actress who starred in Parineeta and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, speaks her mind.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 17:37 IST

With the kind of tranquility she reflects, Vidya Balan is élan personified. Daring enough to say a clear no to Bikini exposure and unperturbed over the link-up rumours with the co-stars, the actress speaks her mind with HTTabloid.

Most single women find it hard to get a man of their choice. Do you also face a similar problem?
I think it's very true. There is hardly any eligible bachelor in the film industry. For a single women like me, it's really disappointing. I have similar feelings like any other single actress.

But weren't you seeing Pradeep Gupta and a few others in the industry?
I have been linked up with Pradeep Da and many other co-actors but these have remained only rumours. I understand that one has to face such gossip because it's an occupational hazard.

Vidya is hot fave for gossip mongers

What about John Abrahim, your co-actor in Salam-E-Ishq?
I share a great rapport with him. I think no other actor looks as perfect with me as he does. I know there were talks of our alleged affair but nothing of that sort ever existed between us. I have experienced that when an actress, who is single, works with any actor, she becomes hot favourite among rumour mongers. We are only great pals.

Why are you so averse to bikini exposure?
I never aim to be termed as a sexy girl or a sex symbol. I am happy with what I am. Whatever great role I be offered, I will not lower my dignity at any cost. I can't compromise with my dignity.

What about those actresses who compromise and wear bikini?
I can't speak on anyone's behalf over clothes or roles. Others may be justified in their own way.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 14:23 IST