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‘I love Indian culture’

Vidya Balan recently paid a special tribute to veteran actress Nargis — she aped her famous ‘Mother India’ pose as a part of the celebration of a century of Indian cinema.

   However, she maintains that no one in the industry will ever dare to remake the classic movie. Given the status and praise that the movie achieved, she feels that any film-maker would balk at the thought of recreating it.

“I don’t think anyone would dare to remake ‘Mother India’. It is unachievable. And whoever does so, I will salute them,” Vidya confesses. “When you think of a strong woman of Indian cinema, the one name that comes to your mind is Nargis from ‘Mother India’. I am happy that in some or the other way, I was able to pay tribute to the film,” she states.

The national-award winning actress goes on to add that during the photoshoot, she was not in the least nervous as her focus was on looking perfect. “I think I was trying to keep it original and match up to the original photos — be it in terms of makeup, look, body language etc. So, the focus was on recreating that moment,” Vidya reflects. “I was excited that I got to do this. I feel honoured to pay tribute to her,” she adds.

Vidya also adds that there are some roles that she would love to play on the big screen, which include Sridevi’s in ‘Mr India’ and Sadma, Rekha’s in Khubsoorat and Umrao Jaan and Hema Malini’s in Seeta Aur Geeta.

Today, at a time when B-town actresses are aping the western culture, Vidya believes in being Indian. “I was making a conscious effort of going westernised four or five years ago but that made me unconscious.

I love Indian cinema, love Indian classical music. I am connected to these things (sic),” Vidya says. “I love Indian caste and culture. Why should I shy away from them? To each is own — I do think that more and more, people are celebrating Indianness,” she observes.

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