Vidya Balan to say goodbye to sari in Ghanchakkar

Forget Sunny Leone, can there be anything as sensuous as Vidya Balan in harem salwar and T-shirt? Well the actress has just decided to do that for her next movie, where she plays the role of a Punjabi housewife. She looks vibrant in Raj Kumar Gupta’s ‘Ghanchakkar’.   

The actress had made sari her trademark. Be it films, film promotions, award functions or events. She is draped everywhere in those nine yards. The sari itself may be relieved that she has finally left it alone. Though Vidya had played the sexy Silk Smitha in ‘Dirty Picture’, the makers of ‘Ghanchakkar’ wanted something ‘special’ for her. As someone close to the movie said, “They want Vidya to be sultry and completely dissimilar from what she looked like in TDP.”

It is being said that she will fly to US to meet some makeup artistes for a look test. Director Raj Kumar Gupta too wants to surprise the audiences, as he said, “Yes, Vidya will go to the US or the UK, we haven’t decided the destination yet. As of now, I can only reveal that we are aiming for a different look for her. I can’t reveal anything else because we’re still working on things. The audiences will be surprised.”

Whatever she may wear, Vidya remains an obsession in the minds of the thinking men. She is more accountable on her acting than her looks.  In ‘Ghanchakkar’ she is cast opposite Emraan Hashmi, her co-actor in TDP. Reflecting on her character in the movie she says, “She wants a better life. Every woman wants a better life. I play someone jiska sapna hai ki uska pati use kabhi Europe ghumane le jayega.”

The shooting starts in August. It was initially scheduled to be shot in September. Gupta is going to use Mumbai as the backdrop of his movie. One is likely to see Vidya romancing with Emraan in the monsoon rains. The movie is supposed to shot in the guerrilla-style mode with hidden cameras, like ‘Kahanni’. When asked if the Mumbai crowd will be a factor to the leading duo, Gupta said, "I agree. But both are used to shooting in the crowded outdoors. If Vidya could brave the Kolkata crowds in 'Kahanni' and the Delhi crowd in my film 'No One Killed Jessica', then Mumbai would be a cakewalk in comparison."

The shooting of the film is scheduled to be wrapped up by December and will be ready for release in the first quarter of 2013.