January 29, 2010 4:10:05 PM IST Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
VIDYA BALAN and SHAHID KAPOOR
Vidya Balan believes in doing only meaningful characters and Balki's sleeper hit, PAA, was a standout example of the actress's resolve to sign only roles of substance. In Vishal Bhardwaj's ISHQIYA, Vidya's latest release, she will once again drive home the same point.
As per the traditionally beautiful actress, she signed ISHQIYA because she found the subject challenging and also due to the fact that her character was central to the film. Moreover, she was very happy that a director of the caliber of Vishal Bhardwaj came to her and asked her to go through the script, saying that it was she who he had in mind to play the role of Krishna and not a conventional actress.
However when Vidya read the script she faced the same dilemma as her KISMET KONNECTION co-star Shahid Kapoor had faced while signing Vishal's KAMINEY. Just like Shahid, Vidya too is soft spoken and well mannered and at first she found it very embarrassing to use the swear words that her character in ISHQIYA (Krishna) uses so unabashedly, very much like Shahid had feared while signing KAMINEY.
In fact, it was in early 2009 that we had had broken the news about Shahid's fears while signing KAMINEY (Shahid's fears while signing KAMINEY! - March 12, 2009). But very much like her professional co-star, Vidya too shed her inhibitions, and the result is there for all to see in the promos, where (and now the film!) Vidya can be seen hurling invectives effortlessly. And as she has said in one of her recent interviews - Vidya won't be seen in ISHQIYA, it will be Krishna who will come across strongly on screen- seems quite true.
Here's hoping that just like Shahid, Vidya too gets all the praises for her act in ISHQIYA, and that even the film turns out to be a winner like KAMINEY, when it releases today.