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‘I don’t see myself taking a break’

Vidya Balan, who tied the knot with Siddharth Roy Kapur last year, seems to be indulging in the ‘honeymoon period’ of her relationship. “I am enjoying being married,” she admits, adding that marriage neither put the brakes on her prize-winning acting career nor does it have any bearing on the kind of roles she would choose in future. She feels that work-life balance is possible for her because the Parineeta girl has found a supportive husband in Siddharth Roy Kapur. “The good thing is that at the end of the day, you get to see each other,” she smiles. “He is very supportive. In fact, I did ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011) after we got together.”

The 35-year-old doesn’t feel that marriage will alter the kind of roles she would take up. “I don’t think marriage really has a bearing on that. Both of us respect what the other does. I may choose a role which I feel very strongly about, and he may decide to produce a film which he feels very strongly about. You just respect each other’s profession,” she reflects. And she is willing to do another ‘The Dirty Picture’ . “The definition of boldness may not be ‘The Dirty Picture’. Even Ghanchakkar is a bold role. I believe that there is an extraordinary in the ordinary and I feel that is what films are exploring these days vis-a-vis different characters,” she says.

Post-marriage, the shooting and promotions for Ghanchakkar have been keeping her busy. And she is clearly enjoying straddling these two worlds. “At the same time, I don’t have unreal expectations from myself. There are times when there will be slip ups,” she says. Also busy with Shaadi Ke Side Effects, she admits work sometimes does not allow her and her husband to spend enough time with each other. “The amazing thing is that in the six months that we have been married, we have both been travelling a lot. Despite the fact that we live in the same house, we have ended up spending lesser time together.” Having said that, the actress admits that a certain amount of responsibility comes after marriage.
 “I guess both of us are hardworking professionals. Around a release or when I am in the middle of shooting, he understands what my pressures are and I understand what his pressures are. But, yes, there is a certain responsibility. I am also running a house. I can no longer leave it to my mother to decide what to cook at home,” she says. Come what may, she won’t quit acting. “I would love to act till I am 83. Thank god, it worked out for me as an actor because I see myself as an actor, primarily. I think there are enough opportunities,” Vidya adds.

Post the success of Parineeta, her career took a slump, but she bounced back with films like Paa and ‘No One Killed Jessica’ before hitting the jackpot with ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Kahaani. “I have reasons to believe that there will be exciting roles for me at every stage of my life and I am willing to embrace different roles at different stages of my life. I don’t see myself taking a break,” she concludes.

‘I know what I want’

From the day Russian-born actress Kristina Akheeva stepped into India, she snapped up some A-list modeling projects, in addition to a leading role in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. Kristina says, “I have wanted to act ever since I was a little kid.

So it’s not completely a surprise as it’s something I’ve always been working towards. I wasn’t sure if Bollywood was for me because it was very different from what I was used to. But in the span of one year, I fell in love with it.” In Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, she is  paired opposite Sunny Deol. Her character is an intelligent, well-read girl with a good education and job. Kristina adds, “I’m actually happy that I’m playing this role because she (the character) is quite similar to me.

 Like her, I know what I want and have quite a strong personality — so, we are similar in that respect. I had a lot of support from the Deols. They have a lot to teach me as I’m just starting out. I’m happy that I’m working with people who can guide me and who I can learn a few things from.

 One of my biggest challenges was to learn Hindi. I don’t speak Hindi very well yet but I’m learning and I do know the basics.”



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