New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Vidya Balan has been considered as one of the most talented actors of the Bollywood and has portrayed some powerful roles and broke the stereotypes of the society in the showbiz industry. The 41-year-old actress is now back with another blockbuster, breaking all the barriers that are put ahead of women and is looking forward to the release of Shakuntala Devi on Amazon Prime later this month.

Vidya, who has played some of the challenging roles in the industry, has revealed the utmost important lesson she has learned “as a woman, and as an actor”. 

While speaking to Hindustan Times about her upcoming biopic Shakuntala Devi, Vidya spoke about the challenges she faced while playing the role of Shakuntala Devi and said, “I could not become one in real life but at least I am getting these roles”.

The 41-year-old actress, who has entertained her fans with some stunning roles, revealed that she didn't know about Shakuntala Devi much and the fact that she is known as "human computer". However, Vidya said that director Anu Menon shared details of Shakuntala Devi with her and she realised that she was such "an interesting person". 

“I didn’t know much about her other than the fact that she was known as the human-computer world over,” the actor said while talking about Shakuntala Devi. 

“But then Anu Menon (director) started sharing details with me and I realized she was such an interesting person. She had a zest for life and loved to cook, eat, dress up, dance and a wicked sense of humour. None of this I would associate with a human-computer. She loved like she lived life, with full josh,” Hindustan Times quoted Vidya Balan as saying.

Vidya Balan later revealed about the kind of women that she finds "exciting" and said, “These kinds of women I find very exciting -- women who love themselves, who love life. They are unapologetic about the choices they make… they want everything. Women are told you can’t have everything. Well, why can’t a girl have everything?”. 

On being asked about her choices and the challenges that she had to face throughout her career, Vidya replied, “I am still work in progress, I am still coming into my own. So many voices are constantly telling you what to do, who to be especially as a woman. To drown out these noises and just to listen to your inner voice takes a lot and comes with experience”. 

“The biggest lesson as a public figure, as an actor, as a star that I have learned is that the world will constantly ask you to conform to the ideas of who you should be and those ideas will keep on changing and you will not be able to to keep up. Kabhi bhatak bhi jaat hu but the perspective returns. It also has to do with the family I grew up in and my family gave me the freedom to be who you are,” the actor told Hindustan Times.

Vidya Balan further emphasised on “self-acceptance” and said that the acceptance of self-happened around 2008-2009 when she realised that she had to accept that “one person in the mirror, everyone else cannot be depended upon and their expectations will keep on changing”.

The trailer of Shakuntala Devi was released on Wednesday. It is helmed by Anu Menon and will start Vidya Balan along with Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra and Amit Sadh. The movie will release on Amazon Prime on July 31, 2020.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma