Films like Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016), Begum Jaan (2017), Natkhat (2020), Sherni (2021) and the recent Jalsa, saw actor Vidya Balan escaping the shine and playing deglamorous roles. But she has no qualms about it as she prefers to focus on the love she received for them.
Hoping that the hype and conversation around these roles will be normalized, Balan, in his characteristic candor, says, “I don’t even think about these things. Glamor isn’t even the reason I joined the movies. I’m here to tell stories and I’m lucky to have very different stories each time. Raw, real, relatable stories fascinate me.
Since her Hindi film debut with Parineeta (2005), she has been hailed for breaking existing stereotypes about female characters and setting new trends in contemporary commercial cinema. Ask her if she feels the pressure to meet such expectations with every project she does, and the 43-year-old says, “When I’m making a decision about whether to make a movie, I only think about know if it appeals to me. This is my primary consideration.
For Balan, it’s only his instinct that makes him want to make a film and live the character. She states, “It’s never about what people expect of me, because different people will have different expectations and I won’t be able to meet them all.”
Meanwhile, known for her strong female image both on and off screen, she shares that these women often bully people, especially men. “When you’re a confident woman who uses her voice shamelessly and shamelessly, I think it’s intimidating to most people. And while I believe we all have a voice, not all of us use it” , she concludes.