Vidya ‘Grateful’ For Opportunities That Came Her Way


Mumbai: Actress Vidya Balan said that she has got much more than what she had hoped for. Vidya, who made her debut in Bollywood with Parineeta in 2005, is “grateful” for the opportunities that came her way.

“At one time in life, I wanted just one film release. I would have been happy if I had that one release but I can’t believe I have been around for 11 years, done all the films and have worked with the people I have looked up to,” Vidya told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Vidya has featured in films like The Dirty Picture, Paa, Kahaani, Ishqiya and No One Killed Jessica. “I got great opportunities for myself as an actor and have got so much appreciation. I feel humbled and blessed,” added Vidya. Vidya has worked with stars like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Emraan Haashmi, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan. But she is yet to share screen space with the Khan trio — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir. Shah Rukh featured in a special song in Vidya’s 2007 film Heyy Babyy.

Will she work with Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir? “I don’t know really. I don’t think about it because I guess I am very happy with the kind of work I am doing. I don’t think about what I haven’t done or have yet to do,” said Vidya.  Vidya’s new film Te3n released today. The actress will also make her debut in the Marathi film industry with Ekk Albela. “I always wanted to do a Marathi film. I have been born and brought up in Mumbai. I am very familiar with the Maharashtrian culture,” said Vidya. “I have grown up watching Marathi films on Saturday evenings. My mother used to watch them and I also watched a lot of them,” Vidya said, pointing out how “somewhere in your work, you bring in the influences from your personal life.”

In Ekk Albela, which is based on actor-filmmaker Bhagwan Dada, Vidya plays veteran actress Geeta Bali. “The fabulous part is that it’s a special appearance as Geeta Bali. Someone whom I find extremely charming and effervescent. It was recreating Ekk Albela, the songs of which have always been famous,” said Vidya. But why cameos? “It’s quite a coincidence that the two films that I am doing have a special appearance and are releasing in the same month. I think June is a special month,” quipped the actress.