Actress Vidya Balan recently shared her part of the struggle before going for the Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture. She said people considered her “mad” to think about such a movie as she had a girl-next-door image. Perplexed with all this, she approached her parents to help her decide what is the right choice.
Vidya shares her struggle before signing The Dirty Picture:
In an interview with India Today, Vidya Balan expressed, “The moment I met Milan, he inspired faith in me. So I knew that he has a certain aesthetic sense, I knew it won’t be cheap. Also, Ekta (Kapoor, producer) was involved and she is a woman. I knew her, I started my career with her. So I was safe on those accounts. But there were people who told me that ‘Are you mad? You are a girl next door and you can’t be doing things like these.”
Vidya also shared how her parents, who don’t belong from a movie background, helped her. She said, “I remember speaking to my parents at that time and I asked them ‘Should I do it?'” The actress shared that her parents kept saying, “No, do what feels right’. I asked myself ‘what feels right’ and the answer was loud and clear: ‘Do the film’. So I went ahead and did it,”
She also told that she felt comfortable wearing skimpy clothes on sets as she was not expected to have a “perfect body”, as they say. She said, “You know, as a child, my mom had made me wear shorts and everyone teased me because I was really fat. After that, I had never worn shorts in my life. And during the first costume trials, Niharika Singh gave me a pair of hot shorts/hot pants and I came out in that and I actually felt fully okay.”
“So I think slowly I was letting go of my inhibitions and maybe that’s why when I wore the shorts and walked out I was fine. Because there was no expectation of being perfect. I was not expected to have the perfect body in the shorts. Because Silk was big.” Here Silk refers to the character that she was playing. The movie was a semi-biographical story of a controversial actor Silk Smitha.
Vidya Balan also won a National Award for Best Actress.
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