Actress Vidya Balan, who will next be seen in ‘Bobby Jasoos’ as a female detective, said that she said yes to the movie as soon as she read the script because she found the idea of a female detective in Hindi cinema new and interesting.
“I never imagined that someone will make a film about a female detective. It was an exciting idea and I connected to the story instinctively. It is the least time I have ever taken to say yes to a story,” said Vidya Balan to PTI.
The spy thriller genre is generally dominated by males in both Bollywood and Hollywood with females generally serving the purpose of either a damsel in distress or an eye candy. So Vidya did not have much of a reference point to portray the part. But the actress, however, was happily up for the challenge.
“The experience was extremely enriching for me. We did a workshop before the film where we got to spend time with the director and writers. It made us like a team even before we started shooting. We put our best foot forward. I hope that only good things happen to this film," the actress said.
The actress, who has portrayed varied characters in movies like ‘Paa’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’, said that she is glad to be an actress because it gives her an opportunity to play different characters.
“I love people and I think it's interesting that everyone is so unique. People really intrigue me. My work just gives me a chance to get into other people's shoes all the time,” Vidya Balan said.
Vidya Balan said that she feels fortunate to be working in Bollywood when the industry is making bolder and women-centric movies.
“I feel fortunate to be working in Hindi cinema when such scripts are being written. I once read the line 'be the change you want to be in the world' and I try to live by that. I am always up for challenges. Also, I get bored very easily. Predictability exhausts me. This is why I am grateful that I am getting the kind of variety that I need,” she said.
The actress has been working with new directors in most of her movies. In ‘Bobby Jasoos’ too the actress has teamed up with debutant director Samar Sheikh.
“I react more to scripts and what directors inspire in me. Once I say yes to a film I jump into it headlong so I need to entrust myself to the director. If a director inspires that trust then I am game. Every film is a new experience. There may be a director who has made 10 classics but that does not mean that his 11th will also be a classic. And it is possible that a director, who has five flops behind him, comes with a great script and you still want to do it,” she concluded.
‘Bobby Jasoos’ will be directed by Sameer Shaikh and produced under Dia Mirza’s banner Born Free Entertainment, which she co-owns it with her beau Sahil Sangha.
The movie ‘Bobby Jasoos’ is actress turned producer Dia Mirza’s second production venture.
The movie is scheduled to release in April this year.