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Interview: Vidya Balan talks about ‘Bobby Jasoos’

Bobby Jasoos - UK ReleaseOne of Bollywood’s finest actresses, Vidya Balan will turn super sleuth in her forthcoming film: Bobby Jasoos, which releases on 4th July 2014 in UK cinemas.

The gripping film sets a new benchmark for the thriller genre in Indian cinema and examines in a clever, witty and fresh way the dynamics of the gender struggle between women and men. The film celebrates the aspiration of ‘Bobby’ (Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture, Parineeta), who wants to become the number one detective in the old city area of Hyderabad. What ensues is a classic thriller caper that serves up a tantalising mix of twists and turns, as the vivacious and engaging ‘Bobby’ solves a series of mind-boggling crime cases.

In this interview, Vidya Balan talks to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film and much more:

 

How do you chose your films, whether it’s Kahaani, Ghanchakkar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects or now Bobby Jasoos?
I think it’s a very instinctive decision. If I connect with the story, that is a big factor of my decision. Firstly, I look at whether this is a story I want to watch. Secondly, if it is one I want to tell. Thirdly, if from the capacity of my character, I want to be a part of it. It is a very instinctive process though. You know whether you want to do the film or not when you listen to the narration or reading the script. You don’t really process it as such but just know it instinctively. For me it is very important to spend time with my director, especially in this case for Bobby Jasoos. Samar Shaikh is a first time director. I needed to know him to be able to entrust myself to him during the making of the film, to follow his lead and to follow his instructions.  All these things are very crucial to me.

 

The trailer makes the film look like a frolic and happy movie. Do we see a lot of mystery in the film, like we do in detective films?
Obviously, there is the solving of the big mystery which you will see in length in the film. But Bobby Jasoos is not like other detective films. It stands apart because it is also Bobby’s story. Bobby is a small town girl with aspirations of becoming the best detective in her locality. It’s also a story of this girl coming of age and therefore, I think it is very well-timed, although not planned like that. I believe that India is coming of age in many ways and I am glad that Bobby Jasoos is releasing at this time.

There is a dialogue in the film where a man tells you “Just because you have watched a few James Bond movies, you think of yourself as a detective,” which happens to people quite a lot… They feel like they are detectives… Can you relate to that too?
(Laughs) Yes, I know that happens. I remember reading “The Famous Five” and “The Secret Seven” as a kid and I remember thinking that I have it in me to become a detective. I remember a few of my friends and I wanted to form a detective gang (laughs). I think that is what a good novel or film does to you. You begin to superimpose the film on yourself and the line gets blurred (laughs). Even in psychology, just because someone in your family has studied two chapters on the subject, they start to analyse everyone (laughs). Bobby is also not trained detective. She is actually an amateur. She is street smart and really just learns on the job. She uses her common sense and has a very practical mind. She is very intelligent and has a sharp mind. She is also cute, which helps a lot because she gets lucky a lot of time just because of her charm (laughs).

Dia Mirza recently said that the script of the film is very powerful. Did you contribute to the script at all?
No, it came to me as a finished script. They writers have penned down a wonderful script. Samar, the director is Muslim and the story is set in a Muslim background, which helps. Dia and Sahil, the producers, suggested that the setting should be old Hyderabad because it is a beautiful unexplored territory. Of course, I sat down with the writers and director to understand the script but I didn’t contribute to it. I think, they spent a lot of time on it before they came with it to me.

You will be seen in many avatars in the film… Was it a lot of hard work?
It was a lot of fun work (laughs). For an actor, to be yourself and dress up in different avatars is very thrilling. You know what, I never imagined myself to play a man on-screen. I have played many men in this film and have worn moustaches and beards. We have had many films where men have played women’s parts and today I feel that we have come a full circle. You actually have a woman now playing male parts.

Expectations are always are high when it’s a Vidya Balan film. Does that bother you?
One always hopes that one’s films do well. Bobby Jasoos is extremely close to my heart. I am very humbled by people’s expectations but I feel very encouraged and not pressured. It makes me feel very poignant. I am very hopeful and positive that people will love the film.

The UK market is very different. Do you feel that the audience has not evolved yet?
I don’t think it has to do with evolution. I think it is more about the connection. People overseas connect more to things that are entrenched in our culture. But in that very breath, I will say that Bobby Jasoos is very universal and will appeal to all South Asians all over the world. But it is also very rooted in our culture with its music, dance, language and colours. The emotion may be universal but there is that ‘Indianness’ in the film that people overseas crave for.

Vidya Balan detective film ‘Bobby Jasoos’, releasing 4th July 2014

One of Bollywood’s finest actresses, Vidya Balan will turn super sleuth in her forthcoming film: Bobby Jasoos, which releases on 4th July 2014 by Reliance Entertainment. 

The gripping film sets a new benchmark for the thriller genre in Indian cinema and examines in a clever, witty and fresh way the dynamics of the gender struggle between women and men. The film celebrates the aspiration of ‘Bobby’ (Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture, Parineeta), who wants to become the number one detective in the old city area of Hyderabad. What ensues is a classic thriller caper that serves up a tantalising mix of twists and turns, as the vivacious and engaging ‘Bobby’ solves a series of mind-boggling crime cases.

Bobby Jasoos stars the talented and multi-award winning actress Vidya Balan, who once again shines in the title role of this quirky and edgy thriller. Famed for playing strong female protagonists and for breaking the stereotype of a Hindi film heroine, Vidya portrays the lady detective ‘Bobby’ with dedication and suitable aplomb, marking a new direction in the career of this ever-versatile actress.

Vidya Balan has wowed audiences since her big screen debut in the 2003 independent Bengali drama film Bhalo Theko, and has gone on to win an impressive 12 awards for her acting work and stellar contribution to the Indian film industry. She is the recipient of a National Film Award, five Filmfare awards and five Screen awards, as well as being awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

She achieved global critical acclaim for her role in the ground-breaking film The Dirty Picture, in which she portrayed Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress noted for her exotic roles. Other notable roles include the musical drama Parineeta and the successful comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. In 2013 Vidya was one of the official ambassadors for the Indian film industry at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bobby Jasoos is directed by Samar Shaikh, whose impressive cache of work includes being the assistant director on the worldwide hit franchise Dhoom. The film is co-produced by Bollywood actress Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha under their production banner Born Free Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment.

Bobby Jasoos – A Reliance Entertainment Release in Cinemas 4th July 2014

 

Photos: Vidya Balan’s photoshoot in Melbourne

As a part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 the festival ambassador, Vidya Balan did a stunning photo shoot with Australia’s celebrated designers – Akira Isogawa and Susan Dimasi.

Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary designers. He has dressed most of Australia’s notable figures including the famous gown that Cate Blancett wore when she won the Oscar for Elizabeth.
Akira created a special dress for Vidya true to Vidya’s style – a fusion of his Japanese roots and Australian chic.

Susan Dimasi presented Vidya in a stunning sari. The fabric was specially designed by Susan, by hand weaving a textile with silk ribbon through a rubber net drawing inspiration from the 18th century brocades out of the Victorian art gallery’s collection.

The hand-woven textile was exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne Now arts exhibition at the iconic National Gallery of Victoria and then draped on Vidya as a Sari.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne runs from May 1st to May 11th , screening over 45 films with over 30 Australian premieres. The festival will be opened by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan on May 1st.

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Melbourne calling for Indian cinema

Vidya Balan (6)The program for the 2014 edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was launched in Melbourne on Sunday. The southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema will take place from 1-11 May and will feature, among many luminaries from Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, the true godfather of Indian cinema. Masterclasses, an awards show, over 45 film screenings and some of the biggest stars. It will be 11 days of unadulterated desi entertainment.

This year, IFFM will explore the richness of contemporary Indian cinema across four program streams, with films spanning Bollywood to art house and the subcontinent, as well as establishing an international competition, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards. Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured as the IFFM International Screen Icon for 2014. To celebrate this visit, La Trobe University is creating the ‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan’ scholarship and Mr Bachchan will personally present the inaugural scholarship to a student during his visit.

Other guests during the festival will include National Award-winning art house star Konkona Sen Sharma, iconic filmmakers Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Raj Kumar Hirani, Bollywood siren Malaika Arora Khan, popular actress, director, producer and writer, Suhasini Maniratnam; writer and director of the record-breaking Dhoom 3, Vijay Krishna Acharya, and from Lollywood, Pakistani producer Hassan Wagas Rana (Waar) and acclaimed Pakistani actor, writer and director Shaan Shahid.

Vidya Balan (1)The IFFM Awards will be judged by a panel of Australian and Indian film legends including Phillip Noyce, Jill Bilcock, Raju Hirani, Simi Garewal, Rajeev Masand and Suhasini Maniratnam. In the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia, winners in the categories of Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at a red carpet gala event on May 2 at the Princess Theatre with a dazzling entertainment program presented by local Melbourne talents.

IFFM kicks off on May 1 with the Australian premiere of the newly-restored Sholay 3D, followed by a Q&A with the film’s star Amitabh Bachchan. Since its release in 1975, the spaghetti western-style action adventure film has established itself as a beloved classic of Indian cinema and is critically regarded as one of the best Indian films of all time.

“We are really delighted to open the festival with a screening of this most cherished film,” said festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange. Turning its focus to contemporary India, IFFM presents four dynamic program streams of new films from India and the subcontinent.

“The program reflects the films coming out of India today – questioning the social injustices, our relationship with our neighbours, gender inequality, while we also celebrate the wonderful Bollywood musicals that we all so love”, said Bhowmick-Lange.

‘Hurrah Bollywood!’ features the best mainstream Hindi cinema from the last 12 months, featuring Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the incredible true story of track legend Milkha Singh; romantic smash-hit Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela, a Bollywood adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; and the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, Dhoom 3, starring Aamir Khan.

Vidya Balan (4)‘Beyond Bollywood’ presents art house and cinema in regional Indian languages, with program highlights such as the critically-acclaimed Anumati, the story of an old man’s attempt to save his dying wife; the wonderfully original Filmistan, about a friendship that bonds over Bollywood across Borders; the Marathi film, Fandry, exploring the caste system of India; B A Pass; and Apur Panchali,for which Kaushik Ganguli won Best Director at the International Film Festival of India Awards.

‘New Voices’ celebrates exciting emerging talents, presenting Ship of Theseus, directed by Sydney Film Festival jury member Anand Gandhi; and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunch Box, following screenings at the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto International film festivals. ‘Films from the Subcontinent’ features eight films from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Closing the festival is Goynar Baksho, directed by Aparna Sen which will be introduced by leading actor, Konkona Sen Sharma.

IFFM offers a window into the future of filmmaking with screenings of winners and finalists in the Western Union short film competition open to filmmakers from India and Australia. The annual competition supports and encourages the careers of young filmmakers from India and Australia and fosters industry ties between the two countries. The 2014 winners will be announced at the IFFM Awards night and the winning films screened.

The colour and rhythm of Bollywood is expressed most joyously in its dancing. At Federation Square on May 4, audiences can emulate their screen heroes and join in the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition to be judged by the incredible Malaika Arora Khan, a judge on TV show India’s Got Talent.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government.

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Born Free Entertainment’s ‘Bobby Jasoos’ completes in 51 days

Vidya Balan disguised look as a beggar in Bobby JasoosDia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s next feature Bobby Jasoos, produced under their banner Born Free Entertainment starring Vidya Balan has completed principal photography on schedule.

The film was shot over 51 days in a non stop schedule across a host of never seen before real locations in Hyderabad. The unit ended the shooting on a melodic high as they wrapped with the filming of a song which has all the ingredients of a chartbuster! 

Producer Dia Mirza says “We are thrilled with the work done so far. Vidya and the entire cast and crew have made Bobby Jasoos their own and that has led to an experience that we will all cherish forever.”  

Adds Sahil Sangha, “The shoot is complete! Now we will carry the same energy in to completing the film and presenting it to the audience.”

Bobby Jasoos is now in post production and will release in the Summer of 2014.

Watch: Vidya and Farhan in ‘Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya’ from SKSE

T-Series has released a song promo from Shaadi Ke Side Effects featuring Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar.

Starring Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan, the film is directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects UK ReleaseSynopsis: With time the intimacy in most marriages falls apart. But not Sid and Trisha’s marriage… They just can’t keep their hands of each other in spite of being married for years!

But Sid has a secret behind this: “When I make a mistake, I say sorry… And when my wife makes a mistake, I say sorry!”

This diffuses conflict in a marriage and prevents the slow death of intimacy. Then Trisha gets accidentally pregnant and expresses her desire to have a child. But Sid is not ready to bear the responsibility of fatherhood. His career as a musician has still not taken off. But in an effort to avoid conflict, he hides his reluctance. And agrees to have the child. This is just the start of issues that have creep in their marriage…

Do priorities change? What happens next is the BIG question mark!

Shaadi Ke Side Effects is a quirky and humorous story dealing with a serious issue of decision making and sharing in a married life!

Eros International will release the film in UK cinemas on 28th February 2013. 

Eros to release ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ in UK cinemas

BollyNewsUK can confirm that Eros International will be releasing Shaadi Ke Side Effects in UK cinemas on 28th February 2014.

Starring Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan, the film is directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd.

Synopsis:
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With time the intimacy in most marriages falls apart. But not Sid and Trisha’s marriage… They just can’t keep their hands of each other in spite of being married for years!

But Sid has a secret behind this: “When I make a mistake, I say sorry… And when my wife makes a mistake, I say sorry!”

This diffuses conflict in a marriage and prevents the slow death of intimacy. Then Trisha gets accidentally pregnant and expresses her desire to have a child. But Sid is not ready to bear the responsibility of fatherhood. His career as a musician has still not taken off. But in an effort to avoid conflict, he hides his reluctance. And agrees to have the child. This is just the start of issues that have creep in their marriage…

Do priorities change? What happens next is the BIG question mark!

Shaadi Ke Side Effects is a quirky and humorous story dealing with a serious issue of decision making and sharing in a married life!

Watch the first song promo here:

First Look: Vidya Balan in ‘Bobby Jasoos ‘

Born Free Entertainment’s next feature Bobby Jasoos, starring Vidya Balan, started filming on November 23rd, 2013 in the picturesque city of Hyderabad.

Vidya Balan disguised look as a beggar in Bobby Jasoos

The film will be shot in one schedule, over a span of 55 days, amongst a host of never seen before real locations that stand testament to the vibrant and royal cultural history of Hyderabad, as it aims to be a summer 2014 release.

Producers, Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha have put together a strong supporting cast that surround Vidya Balan in a pulsating, thrilling and most importantly heartwarming tale of a woman who’s solitary dream is to become the numero uno private eye of her community.

This includes Ali Fazal, Arjan Bajwa, Anupriya, Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Aakash Dahiya and Rajender Gupta amongst others. Bobby Jasoos also marks the return of Kiran Kumar who has been away from the big screen for sometime and the makers are more than excited to present him in a dynamic new avataar.

With Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire collaborating on the music of Bobby Jasoos, the music promises to be exceptional with melodies that are long lasting.

Producer Dia says,”The idea of Bobby Jasoos was born over a year and a half ago! Today, blessed with an ideal cast and fantastic crew we are ready to roll and nothing gives me more pleasure!!! The actors have been busy in workshops, readings, look tests and their enthusiasm and excitement is palpable. Vidya has ably led from the front and her dedication to preparing for this part is evidence to the fact that she is an actor who continues to respects the craft and is hungry for more despite achieving so much already. I can’t wait for Bobby to be unleashed! “

Sahil adds, “When each artiste and crew member approaches their role in the making of a film with a sense of ownership and selflessness, an enviable energy is born and that usually results in an extremely memorable experience and film. We are ready to give it our best and are confident that the audience will find Bobby Jasoos to be well worth the short wait.”

 

Vidya Balan’s good wishes for ‘Dedh Ishqiya ‘

Madhuri Dixit in Dedh Ishqiya

Successful and critically acclaimed Ishqiya is among Vidya Balan’s most respected work but due to the nature of the sequel – Dedh Ishqiya cannot continue with the character of Krishna played by Vidya. But the sequel cannot be complete without the good wishes from the original femme fatale.

Producers Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures and Shemaroo Entertainment have decided to show her the trailer of Dedh Ishqiya for her best wishes.

Overwhelmed with the gesture Vidya says she would also love to be part of the trailer launch. But since the trailer launch is not an event but a huge online launch on Facebook, the producers have decided to show her the trailer before its official launch.

Mansi Maroo, of Shemaroo says,”Vidya has been most gracious and very keen to watch the trailer and even offered to attend the trailer launch but as we are first launching the trailer on the Facebook instead of the conventional launch in a theatre we have offered to hold a special trailer viewing for her at her place.”

As the femme fatale, Vidya’s character had led the two men Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) a merry dance in Ishqiya. While in Dedh Ishqiya the dangerous romance will be played out with Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) and Muniya (Huma Qureshi).

Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt Ltd and Shemaroo Entertainment, Dedh Ishqiya is slated to release on January 10th, 2014.

 

Vidya Balan signs ‘Bobby Jasoos’

Sahil Sangha,Vidya Balan and Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha have signed Vidya Balan for their forthcoming feature Bobby Jasoos, to be produced under their banner Born Free Entertainment. Vidya Balan plays the lead in a story that marks the arrival of India’s first Lady Detective.

“I found the idea of a lady detective irresistible as I did the title Bobby Jasoos” says Vidya Balan. “I’ve known Dia and Sahil for many years, they’re lovely people and one can sense that this will be their shared labor of love. That’s the kind of Producers everyone hopes to have. The final clincher was the script by Sanyuktha Chawla and Director Samar Shaikh who I’m really looking forward to working with”

Actor, Producer Dia Mirza is equally emphatic. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vidya into the Born Free family,” she says. “The script of Bobby Jasoos bears testimony to the fact that being patient and investing in good stories usually reaps good dividends.”

Adds Producer, Director Sahil Sangha: “Bobby Jasoos is the first of three scripts that Born Free has been working on. It’s energy is palpable and quite honestly has your attention from the word go!!! I’m confident that our next big announcement will follow soon given that our focus has been on developing pure and entertaining content that caters to a universal audience. Fingers crossed”

Zayed Khan is not associated with Born Free Entertainment anymore as he would like to pursue his acting career and has responsibilities towards his father’s production house because of which he will not be able to depute time for this project as a co-producer.

The film commences shooting mid-November this year and will be ready for a summer 2014 release.

 

“Men are Lazy Lads!” – Vidya Balan

GHANCHAKKAR_2nd_30x40_FINThat’s what Vidya Balan’s quirky song in Ghanchakkar says blatantly. 

Now we all know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus and Ghanchakkar‘s new song ‘Lazy Lad’ explores the same concept further.

Picturised on Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan, the song sees Vidya list out the traits of men that women get most frustrated about like: being a couch potato, general lack of tardiness and how men can get easily distracted among others. The lively music video sees Vidya in her loud, fun Punjabi housewife avatar that has added to the film’s USP.

Vidya explains the concept behind the song saying, “I think that all of us know that boys, the lads are always so lazy to do anything. They just sit in front their television and just switch channels. It’s so frustrating and if a cricket match is on then you have had it. Lazy Lad the term was coined for men.”

Emraan too admits that men can be a little lackadaisical in doing things. “Most men are couch potatoes. When I am at home I pretty much do what I am doing in the video that we just shot. It’s just chilling in front of the television, switching channels and just sometime staring into nothing – I think that’s my best pass time. If I lock myself on the couch, I can go on for like 7-8 hours without doing anything. And I don’t hear sounds, just glue to the television.”

Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, Ghanchakkar is set to release in UK cinemas on 28th June 2013.

Vidya Balan – The Best Actress in Bollywood

Having won the Filmfare Award Best Critic’s Choice, Zee Cine Awards Best Actor Jury’s Choice, Screen Awards – Best Actress and the Lion Gold Awards Best Actress (Critics Choice) , powerhouse actress Vidya Balan adds another trophy to her mantle, as she sweeps all the awards this season, the latest being the Stardust Award – Best Actress in a Drama/Thriller genre for her performance in Kahaani.

Read our interview with Vidya Balan on ‘Kahaani’ here

The award came as no surprise especially since the critics were all praise for the actress ever since the thriller released.

Vidya BalanSaid acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Post The Dirty Picture, the admiration for the National Award winning actress Vidya has scaled woozy altitudes and let me affirm, the supremely talented actress delivers a performance that’s at par with her former accomplishments.”

Said Madhureeta Mukherjee Zoom, “Once again, a ‘pregnant’ Vidya, ironically displays more ‘male ornaments’ (excuse the watering down) than most heroes.”

Shabana Azmi lauded Balan for her performance and said, “I had to watch Kahaani because of Vidya. I was bowled over by her performance. As an actor, I could see she was making all the right moves throughout the film. There was not a single artificial note in her performance.”

The National award winner, is also the only actress to have won the Best Actress Award for 4 consecutive years in a row. With Paa, Ishqya, The Dirty Picture and the recent Kahaani the actress has won over 30+ awards in the span of 4 years, a feat no one on international or home turf has managed to achieve.

Vidya Balan is ‘very professional’

GhanchakkarVidya Balan wrapped up Ghanchakkar shooting before tying the knot with Siddharth Roy Kapur last month, says director Rajkumar Gupta and describes her as a “very professional”.

Vidya married Kapur, managing director Disney UTV Studios on 16th December 2012.

“Vidya is very professional and it’s always a pleasure to work with her. She finished her shooting before going for her marriage. So we are done with her shoot,” Gupta told IANS.

The film is a comedy that features Emraan Hashmi as an ex-conman.

Talking about the second schedule of Ghanchakkar, Gupta said: “We finished the first schedule of Ghanchakkar in Chembur (in Mumbai). Now we will start the second schedule by mid of January. The second schedule will be shot at various locations in Mumbai. We are just left with 20 percent of shooting.”

Ghanchakkar is Gupta’s third project in a row with UTV Motion Pictures after Aamir and No One Killed Jessica.

Amit Trivedi has composed the music, while Amitabh Bhattacharya has penned the lyrics for Ghanchakkar, slated to release in UK cinemas on 21st June 2013.

Vidya plays a housewife in ‘Ghanchakkar’

After the resounding back-to-back success of The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, Vidya Balan has signed her No One Killed Jessica director Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar.

Unlike her characters of Sabrina Lai (in No one Killed Jessica), Silk (in The Dirty Picture) and Vidya (in Kahaani), Balan plays a house­wife in Ghanchakkar.

“So far the roles that have defined Vidya’s career have all found her playing women placed in extraordinary cir­cumstances. In Ghanchakkar she plays an average woman. Nothing dramatic like a mur­der or a mysterious disappearance happens to her in the script,” says a source close to the project.

“Both Rajkumar and Vidya feel that playing an ordinary woman is a special challenge for Vidya at this stage of her career when she has played a number of extraordinary char­acters. However, Gupta is being pressurized to modify and amplify Vidya’s part,” says the source.

“I had decided I wanted her for Ghanchakkar even when we were working together on Jessica. It is only now there’s a growing anxiety about Vidya’s positioning in the audiences’ perception,” says Gupta. Gupta is very clear that Ghanchakkar is not just a Balan film.

“Emraan Hashmi has just delivered a string of hits. Ghanchakkar is not Vidya’s film alone. It is Emraan’s film in an equal meas­ure. Vidya is fine with shar­ing the limelight, he says.The director will be shooting Ghanchakkar with Balan on the streets of Mumbai with hidden cameras, just as he had shot with Rajeev Khandelwal for Aamir.

“This time I’ll be capturing another side to Mumbai, very different from Aamir. The metropolitan spaces occupied by Vidya in Ghanchakkar will be very different from what she occu­pied of Kolkata in Kahaani and Delhi in No One Killed Jessica,” he con­cludes.

Vidya Balan’s first ever item song

Lavani has become the flavor of the season with Vidya Balan dancing to the tunes of the energizing ‘Mala Jau De’ from Ferrari Ki Sawaari.

The director of the film, Rajesh Mapuskar, decided that an authentic Lavani number would add just the right amount of zing to his film.

Riding high on the success of Kahaani and The Dirty Picture, Vidya instantly agreed to perform her first Lavani.

The song is colorful, refreshing, authentic and true to its origin. Vidya Balan is at her aesthetic best and the song is all set to charge up the charts.

Ferrari Ki Sawaari releases in the UK on 15th June 2012. 

 Watch the video right away and dance along!

You can also watch the making of the song here:
 

Vidya Balan talks about Kahaani

Vidya Balan is more than excited about her new release Kahaani. The versatile 34-year-old actress has recently won a National Award for her performance in The Dirty Picture.

In Viacom 18 Motion Picture’s Kahaani, Balan plays the role of a six-month pregnant girl from London. The film has opened to positive reviews worldwide. The actress spoke to our London reporter Sunny Malik about the film, marketing strategies, the director Sujoy Ghosh and much more.

 

Can you tell me a little bit about the story of the film?
As you must have gauged from the promos, this is a story of Vidya Bagchi who is six months pregnant, whose husband goes missing in Kolkata. Since he has no one else, she comes down to look for him in this condition. She comes to Kolkatta, a city she does not know, people she does not know, a language she does not know and yet she braves it and comes here looking for him only to be told that they have not encountered anyone by the name of Bagchi. She knows that he does exist as she is carrying the biggest proof of his existence, his baby. So who is speaking the truth and who is lying and why? There is a Kahaani in a Kahaani in a Kahaani. There is a story in a story in a story with lots of twists and turns and that’s the mystery of Kahaani for you.

 

What was to most challenging part of your character?
You know, obviously I am wearing this prosthetic stomach and that is not a pillow. It does weigh some amount which put some pressure on my back. But what was challenging and yet fun was shooting on the street of Kolkata, in little by lanes and alleys. I must say the people of Kolkata were extremely cooperative and I had a great time shooting there.

 

Your character comes from London. Does that mean that you somewhere have a British accent in the film?
No, not at all because she is actually someone who has been in London just for a bit. She is not born and bred in London.

 

What’s the secret of a blockbuster?
The interesting thing Sunny, is that today there is no formula of a blockbuster. Kahaaniwas the most unlikely film to be a choice to be one but yet proved to be a blockbuster. There is no particular type of film that is in short a success at the box office. It’s just interesting films that are doing well. As long as I continue to do that I am happy.

 

Do you get involved in the marketing of your films?
It was actually my idea to promote the film in the pregnant look. It was supported by the director and the producers Viacom 18. But it was my idea primarily because when you have a distinct look in a film it just helps to carry forward that look into the promotions. The moment people see you in that look, they make an association with that film. That is the entire point of promotions. I am just taking advantage of the distinct look that I have in Kahaani.

 

How did you react when you the trailer for the first time?
As a matter of fact, I must be honest with you Sunny. I shot for the film and it was a while later when I saw the promo. They were showing the promo to me and I suddenly in the end I went huh you know (laughs) because I was not expecting it either. They have done a great job with the promo because people are reacting wonderfully to it.

 

How was it like working with Sujoy Ghosh?
I really think Sujoy Ghosh is a very knowledgeable and well-read, intelligent, witty, observant man. I really felt it has all come together in this one script which is an original script where we worked really well together. He has put in everything that he has into this film.

 

As it’s a different film, was it difficult to get financial support?
You know, there was time when no one was ready to back this film because it was a woman oriented film and No One Killed Jessica had not yet been released. People did not know what the prospect of such a film would be. A lot of people were telling Sujoy “why you don’t cast a male superstar in a cameo or in a special appearance.” He stood his ground and I have great respect for him for that and also, he could have adopted an easier route and maybe casted a real male superstar in a special appearance but he did not do that because he believed that the USP of this film is story, the Kahaani. At one point he felt that there was not much support he was getting in terms of financial backing and he told me that even if I have to mortgage my own house, I will go ahead and do it. I am so glad that Audio then financed the film and then of course Viacom 18 took over after watching the film. Therefore, I really hope it does well for all of us. I am really feeling like I am delivering my child. Having said that, for him besides anyone I hope the film does well.


Were item songs ever considered for the film?

No, never because they don’t fit in with story of the film.

 

When are we going to see you here in the UK?
I haven’t been there in some time and I assure you the next time I come, I will do a proper one to one interview.

 

What would you like to tell the UK audience about Kahaani?
Kahaani is a unique Kahaani and there is a Kahaani in a Kahaani in a Kahaani. If you want to understand what exactly I mean by that, please go and watch the film. Besides, Sujoy Ghosh comes from Darlington, UK, so this is truly your film so come and watch it.

 

Kahaani is out now.