We admire her work, we admire her spirit, we admire her individuality – so it is only obvious that we want to know her better. Here are a few things you possibly don’t know about Vidya Balan, writes Shubarna Mukerji Shu
Everyone knows of Vidya’s love for languages; she thinks it is a most desirable trait in a person to want to speak correctly in various languages. While her first film BHALO THEKO and her friendship with Pradeep Sarkar have ensured that she is fluent in Bengali, she is most enamoured by the Islamic religion. She says, “The respect, with which they speak even to the youngest member of their community, is most inspiring.”
Vidya is not vain, and always claims to choose comfort over fashion. Yet, the irony of it all was that her first marital squabble with her beloved husband, Siddharth took place because she was taking too long to get dressed for an event and the punctual Mr. Roy Kapur left without waiting for her!
So everyone has joked about Vidya Balan getting her very own SRK, in Siddharth Roy Kapur, but while she would love to be romanced by Shah Rukh Khan onscreen, it is Gulzar who she is completely floored by! Though she has coyly confessed it to the man himself, she confesses being pretty much tongue-tied around him and his presence apparently still flusters her.
Vidya Balan is one of the most revered actors of today, so it would be wise to take her word for it when she claims that her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur is a good actor. It is probably in his genes, for his gorgeous mother Salome Roy Kapur nee Aaron was not only Miss India but is a renowned dancer and has a film to her name too - TU HI MERE ZINDAGI (1965).
An average student, though extremely diligent, Vidya spent her childhood playing shadow to her elder sister Priya. But when it came to going out to play with the kids, she would let her elder sister go on. Simply because Vidya’s mass of unruly tresses had the kids call her ‘Medusa’ and, looking up the mythical lady, Vidya wasn’t very pleased with the comparison!
Vidya is extremely accident-prone. The poor girl has had more bumps on the head than she cares to remember and is often chided by Siddharth about it. However, even Mr. Roy Kapur was left speechless when he heard she had ended up with a fracture, dancing at home to the Ganpati-dhol that was being played in the neighbourhood!
Much has been said about Vidya’s sense of dressing in the past, and while she has certainly grown beyond the critical babble, she has an unsaid agenda: to remind people just how sexy a sari is, and to boycott the colour blue (pale/sky blue in particular). According to Vidya, it is the weakest colour in the spectrum and appears lacklustre. The actress claims she would rather sit and watch the sunset and let the vibrant colours be encapsulated in the darkness of night, than have them fade into the dull blue of the brightest day-skies.
This article first appeared in February 2014 issue of Cine Blitz magazine