I am very selfish as an actor: Vidya Balan

The versatile actress Vidya Balan, who has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood with her spectacular acting, says that she is very selfish as an actor and she only works for herself. The actress has been a part of films like ‘Paa’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ or ‘Kahaani’ in the past.

Talking about her choice of roles Vidya said in a recent interview, “I only work for myself. If I like something, I don’t think about what people are going to say or whether the story is ‘different’ enough. I am very selfish, I don’t think of anything but what I want to do.”

It’s noted that her last two films ‘Ghanchakkar’, a comedy with Emraan Hashmi, and ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’, a romantic comedy along with Farhan Akhtar, did not work well at the box office but interestingly she was not the central protagonist in both these films. When asked about what went wrong in these two films, Vidya said that since she was too close to the films she won’t be able to judge them.

“It is sad that two of my films did not work. ‘Shaadi…’ was a very regular role. If the film had worked people would not have minded. The film did not work so they are saying probably it was not different. It is flattering but I can’t restrict myself to a type. I can’t play central protagonist in all my films,” said the 36-year-old actress who is married to producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.

But before earning the limelight, Vidya was at the receiving end of critics be it for her films, her life or the sartorial choices she made. Sharing her experience of constantly being criticised by the media, Vidya said, “It was in 2007 when I was being badgered for everything. Whatever I did, someone or the other had something to say. I realised that if I was going to let my happiness depend on other people’s approval then I would keep trying for the rest of my life…I also realised that there is one person whose happiness is in my control and that is me. I started living according to what made me happy and it has changed my life.”

In her latest release ‘Bobby Jasoos’, which earned approx. 7.5 Cr at the Box office over its first weekend, Vidya plays an earnest 30-something aspiring detective who lives in Hyderabad. Happy with the initial response to the film, Vidya is hoping that the film does better through word-of-mouth publicity in the coming days.”The film has done better than what we expected. We knew that it would gain audience through word-of-mouth publicity because it is not an appointment film. The response has been very encouraging so far,” Vidya said. The film has been produced by Vidya’s ‘Parineeta’ co-star and former beauty queen Dia Mirza and Sahil Sanga

Talking about what made her chose the film, the actress said that she was drawn to the movie, helmed by debutant Samar Shaikh, for its human story.”What appealed to me was the human story because I am not a detective story fan. I had to strike a fine balance in playing Bobby and all the credit goes to Samar. He kept telling me that she is not your know-it-all detective. She is learning along the way. She is a novice so there had to be certain innocence while portraying her.”

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