Vidya Balan to do a comic caper with Deepa Mehta
Vidya Balan, who started her career with Parineeta opposite big stars like Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt, has won accolades of praises for her role as the classic Lolita in this film. Deepa Mehta who is known for her serious films, which have a social message, will be attempting a comedy film. Director Deepa Mehta wants Balan to star in her comedy movie, which is tentatively titled Stella.
Deepa Mehta has just completed her film Water with John Abraham. The film is about the plight of widows in Benares. After the various trials and tribulation that she faced during the making of water, she has now decided to do something light and different. She has chosen to do a comedy film. Deepa wants Balan to do her film as she claims there is something extremely warm, earthy and old-worldly about the actress. The director states, “Lurking beneath the graceful presence is a sense of mischief which you can see in the lighter, flirtatious moments in Parineeta, I want to tap into that side of Vidya.”
Deepa and Vidya have not been able to meet, as Vidya is currently in Toronto, but the two had an animated conversation when they spoke to each other via telephone. Deepa Mehta says, “I want someone who appears serious but who has an undercurrent of mischief for the role. Vidya fits the bill.”
On her part, Vidya Balan is very excited and is looking forward to work with Deepa Mehta. She has always admired the director’s works. Vidya is currently trying to work out her dates to fit Deepa’s film into her schedule. The actress states, “I don’t want to get into any film without being absolutely sure of all the dates. But I am completely sure that I want to work with Deepa and in her comedy film.” Vidya Balan has developed an image of a serious actress who generally does serious roles, because she has that old world charm. Also, her forthcoming films with Sudhir Mishra and Rituparno Ghosh will be classic period films. However, Vidya is quite confident that she will be able to do Mehta’s comic role with equal panache and élan.
Deepa Mehta states that the actress comes across as a warm, hassle-free and professional person. We hope to see Vidya Balan in a variety of roles during the coming year and we wish the gorgeous lady all the best for her future in bollywood.