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 enjoyed using them on 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't you 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 saying anything.
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 an opinion."
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 Begum Jaan."
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?