Vidya Balan's Begum Jaan hits the theatrical screens today. The film which is a Hindi adaptation of Srijit Mukherji's Rajkahini has the actress essaying the titular role of a brothel madame.
Recently in an interview with Spotboye, Vidya revealed that she
doesn't abuse in real life but enjoyedusing themon the
big screen for her role. She also spoke at length about trolls, why
she opted out of Kamala Das biopic and more...
I Am Someone Who Is Never Able To Express Her Anger
Vidya says, "I am someone who has never been able to express her
anger. It's only now that I have gotten comfortable with expressing
it, My mother always asks me: "When you are angry, why
can'tyou get it out of our system, why do you keep it all
in?" I think that's my personality, plus after I joined films, once
you become a public figure--- you are all the more conscious, you
do not want people to see anything but the good side of you. So I
was feeling cloistered in that sense."
On Facing Criticism For Her Dressing Sense In The Past
"Man, woman, child, everyone should wear what they want. I am
not aware of the trolls in my case--- because I don't read most
things. I will do what I want to, if you have a problem with it,
too bad. If you want to voice your displeasure over me, its your
prerogative. But that will not affect me. But I know it affects a
lot of people. Today, because you have the means the express your
opinion and because it is faceless mostly, people get away with
The unhappiness in their lives show through, there is so much
negativity.I will only say something if I want to appreciate you,
otherwise just keep quiet. That is what tolerance is about. I don't
know why people have lost the ability to reign in their opinion.
Also you have lost the ability to have an opinion of your own
because you are constantly being told--- this is good, this is how
it should be--- so after a while you just lose the ability to form
I Don't Abuse In Real Life
Vidya added, "Begum Jaan is very brazen, very unapologetic and
she is the madam of a brothel. Their language is very coarse
anyway, every second word of their's is a curse word. Though I
haven't abused to that extent--- but I had no problem with it
because you have to be true to the character isn't it?
I don't abuse in real life. But I remember in college, when I
used to take the train from Chembur to VT to go to Xavier's and we
would get groped or pinched on the train, I have turned around and
slapped people and abused them. Angrezi, Hindi jo ho, I will not
take crap. Abhi zarrorat nahi padti. And I quite enjoyed abusing in
On Opting Out Of Kamala Das Biopic
"I did it for the right reasons and I was absolutely honest with
them. There were creative differences in terms of the story, or
rather should I say their approach. I don't feel the need to make
it out to be anything else. I can say it as it is. It wasn't easy
for me to say 'No' to it because I wanted to do a Malayalam film. I
come from Kerala, though I was born and bought up here in
Mumbai. And Kamala Das is so loved, so respected and her
writing is so potent. I would have loved to do it. It just did not
work out, it's a bitunfortunate. But, no regrets."
Further Vidya said that Begum Jaan is the most powerful woman
she has ever played on screen? Are you looking forward to watch
this partion-drama this weekend?