Vidya Balan is without a doubt one of India’s most accomplished actresses. She has given countless outstanding performances on the silver screen over her years in show business, demonstrating her acting talent time and time again. The actress is now enjoying the success of her most recent film, Jalsa. In the midst of all of this, she spoke with acclaimed film critic Baradwaj Rangan about another cinema great — Sridevi. Sridevi’s commitment in taking several commercial roles, according to Vidya, taught her not to take anything for granted.
Vidya discussed with Baradwaj Rangan that there was a moment in her career when she would sleepwalk through movies like Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection. She said that she has been unconcerned about her movie parts and that this demonstrated that she took things for granted. Vidya goes on to remark that she has a lot of admiration for folks who take on commercial jobs with complete commitment. She continued to laud Sridevi, saying that the late actress’ determination in performing “the most ludicrous things” onscreen was an eyeopener for her.
Vidya Balan said, “I realized, that whatever it is you do in front of the camera, you can’t take for granted with those two films. And I said, ‘okay if this is not exciting me, I’ll do only stuff that’s exciting me. I also developed a lot of respect for people who do the so-called commercial (roles), go through that rigmarole, and do it with complete conviction. Like I’ll look at what all Sridevi has done, you know, but not, in one film will you find that conviction waning. She could be doing the most ridiculous thing. I think that was an eye-opener for me and I said, ‘okay, so I’ll do whatever I’m convinced about, and that was the time when Ishqiya was offered to me…”.