The crew returned to Mumbai without her. Laughs Vidya, “It"s nothing so dramatic. Yes, I did stay back in Cambridge. I simply had to. I had no choice."
Shooting for Balki"s Paa in Oxford and Cambridge proved to be too lovely an experience for the actress to leave behind. After the whole unit left, she decided to stay for an extra week.
Recounting the experience Vidya says, “I just couldn"t help it. Just being in Cambridge shooting was not enough. I felt a deep connect with the campus and the environment. I just wanted to walk around the campus with books in hand so I"d look like a student."
Once the shooting was over, Vidya decided to stay over. “Luckily I"ve a friend in Cambridge. I stayed with her, and her husband. It was the most enriching experience of my life. Just the air and the feel of the place are so special."
Vidya now intends to buy herself a quiet escape route. “I can"t afford a place in Cambridge. But I know of a place near Mumbai that offers the same climate and topography. But I am not revealing it."