I was labelled as jinxed in the industry, says Vidya Balan


Vidya Balan, who is best known for her power packed performance in movies like, ‘Parineeta’, 'The Dirty Picture', 'Ishqiya' and few more said that she was labelled a jinxed in Bollywood after her projects shelved one after the other.

“My family went with the perception of Cinema of being big bad world. I told my parents that I will do one film and I will quit. I got signed for Malayalam film which was shelved.

“Later there were about three films that I was part of which were shelved. I was labelled jinxed. I was thrown out of the film because of that,” Balan said at the ongoing ‘Women Economic Forum’ here.

Finally, came Vidya’s debut project ‘Parineeta’ with Pradeep Sarkar. He met Vidya when she was shooting for a song for ‘Euphoria’ (band) and offered the film to her. “I met Pradeep Sarkar during shooting of Euphoria. He said I will do the film with you.. I said ‘kitne aye kitne gaye’ (so many came and went) I did not believe him but I later did Parineeta with him,” she recalled.

“When I was growing up, I did not like my name because it was old fashioned. Every alternate girl had that name. My sister was Priya but still I liked her name,” the 37-year-old actress said.

“It was much later that I began to appreciate the name that my parents have given me.. I started liking it when one of the guy told me that Vidya is such old world name and you are old world charm,” she said.

“Only two things that they have held me together is my family and my faith. I am irreligious. I don’t pray to particular god but I pray to supreme God. I am eternally optimistic. I know that if the sun go down it has to come up,” she added.

Vidya admitted that when she entered the industry she had the conception that she was a selfish odd girl.

“I thought I was the best actress ever born. Parineeta convinced me. For someone who wanted one complete film, it was a big deal,” she said.

“But slowly criticism started happening. I suddenly began to be criticised and there came a stage where everything I did or did not do was being criticised. I was completely confused,” Vidya said.

Vidya Balan is now looking forward to her next release, 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' with Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao.