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"I am waiting for my ideal man..."

Monday, February 26, 2007
Vidya Balan is a rare combination of beauty and brains. Although a relatively new entrant to Bollywood, the lady with aesthetic eyes and a gleaming beam has already conquered the hearts of millions. So much so that even the mighty Big B has recently confessed that he has a soft corner in his heart for this earthly splendour.

Currently Vidya is all rambling over her latest release Salaam-E-Ishq and says that her portrayal in the film is one the best in her brief, but illustrious career, thus far. "Salaam-E-Ishq is basically a sonnet on love. The film weaves together stories of six different couples and six different kinds of relationships. It tries to show that all exertions in life notwithstanding, love remain the corner stone of everyone's life. Love is something which not only draws people closer, but also strengthens the bond between them," she gushes.

Vidya says that she signed on Salaam-E-Ishq simply on an impulse. She says, "The moment Nikhil Advani narrated the story to me; I made up my mind to do the film. It's not only an outstanding story, but also not superficial. It tells about the bare facts of life and how love plays a vital role in everyone's life. True love always wins and this aspect attracted me the most."

Vidya plays the role of a middle class urban girl Tehzeeb in this film and is paired opposite John Abraham who portrays her husband Ashu. Though they are struggling in life, both are madly in love with each other and make all sorts of compromises to overcome the obstacles that are very much prevalent in the middle class urban society. Their love and commitment towards each other make them triumph over all odds in life. "This movie is very realistic and I suggest everyone must watch it. If some one is in love, the movie will help him/her to strengthen their bonds, and if they are not in love yet, it would inspire them to fall in love soon," Vidya says laughingly.

Well, while Vidya suggests that everyone should watch Salaam-E-Ishq simply because the movie enhances the feelings of togetherness and love; she herself firmly believes that love is a magic word. "I sincerely believe that love is the most powerful and wonderful thing in life. It makes the world go round and round and sustains all of us. I pity those who don't believe in love. I consider them to be mere 'phantoms'. I just cannot think of live without love," the lady sermons.

Ah, ha! But has Vidya herself ever been in love? This time, the actress blushes and says, "Yes, I have been in love, but it is only of the generic kind. I am not talking about the man-woman relationship, but the love that is prevalent in all." Has she had a crush on anyone? "Yes, I did have crushes and they are many. But I am still waiting for the real love to sweep of my feet," Vidya confesses.
About her marriage plans, Vidya says, "I consider marriage to be an institution and hence of the opinion that one should not jump into it. I am waiting for the right man in my life and when he comes along there will be nothing to stop me. But, for the moment there is no plan of marriage as I am concentrating on my career right now."

Vidya is happy that after her stints with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Nikhil Advani, she is floored with offers and most of them are of a mixed variety. "This gives me an opportunity not only to choose and experiment, but also express my versatility," she says. Right now there's Eklavya which is ready for release followed by Hulla Bol directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi. Besides, she has been signed up by Sajid Khan for his debut film Hey Baby. So there's a lot we can expect from Vidya in the days to come and hope that Sr Bachchan's fondness for her will continue.

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