03 December, 2020

Vidya Balan

After playing the ideal mother in Paa, she is set to scorch the screen in Ishqiya

Vidya Balan

We’ve never seen you in a role like this.

When Abhishek Chaubey first narrated it to me, I said, “Thank you”. After being cast only as the ‘good girl’, I was hoping someone would cast me in a role like this.

So tell us about your naughty-girl act.

I had to exude an aggressive sexuality throughout. The character is unapologetic about her sexuality or about using it. I knew it was in me but to project it on screen required some doing.

Did you ask the director why he cast you?

Yes. He said, “I didn’t want a conventional casting. And when you’re casting against the dye, you need a good actress.”

Tell us about the film.

The script is crisp, with every imaginable emotion—love, romance, lust, violence, deceit, betrayal. It’s all very identifiable.

There were objections to the language after the promos were aired.

In parts of eastern UP, where the...



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