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Time for women to step into next phase and do more fun stuff in films: Vidya Balan

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Mumbai, Apr 15 (PTI) It’s time for women to “break free and do more fun stuff” in cinema, says Bollywood star Vidya Balan, who believes the moment is right for such stories to be explored following the success of “Crew”.
Starring Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kriti Sanon, the comedy film became a hit at the box office and Balan said it was refreshing to see women in the movie “not taking themselves seriously”. “Female-led cinema is still in its nascent stage. I did ‘Ishqiya’ in 2008. That was an aberration at that time, and then slowly things started changing. I feel in the past 15-16 years, we’ve seen lots of women-led films.
“Now, it’s the right time for us to break free and do more fun stuff, we are taking ourselves so seriously. It’s time to step into the next phase, which is where you don’t take yourself seriously. I love that,” Balan, who has headlined intense movies such as “Ishqiya”, “The Dirty Picture”, “Kahaani”, “Sherni” and “Jalsa”, told PTI in an interview.
The National award-winning actor said she is constantly looking for something new to do.
“I’m someone who is very impatient, gets restless and I feel like, ‘I need something new to keep me challenged and motivated’… I want to do out-an-out comedy, then negative and then I’m happy to do anything. Someone please write an out-an-out comedy (for me).” The actor may get her wish fulfilled with her new movie “Do Aur Do Pyaar”, her first romantic comedy in a decade. The film, also starring Pratik Gandhi opposite her, presents a humorous take on love and extra-marital relationships.
The film, directed by debutant director Shirsha Guha Thakurta, also stars Illeana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy.
The actor, whose last rom-com was “Shaadi Ke Side Effects” opposite Farhan Akthar in 2014, believes there are not enough romantic comedies being made in Bollywood.
“For some reason, films have become intense, they are either action packed or thrillers and dark. Where are the love stories? I’m thrilled that I got this opportunity because I feel it’s time for lightness, joy, and romance,” the actor said, adding some of her favourite films in this genre are “Jab We Met”, “Runaway Bride”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Marley & Me” and “PS. I Love You”.
Tears, laughter, and good music are essential components of a successful romantic comedy, according to Balan.
Speaking of romancing Gandhi and Ramamurthy on screen, Balan revealed that while it began with a formal introduction with Ramamurthy, she and Gandhi warmed up to each other during a candid picture session where they had to pose like a couple.
“He’s a gentleman, so soft spoken, and doesn’t take his good looks seriously, which is the most charming thing about him,” Balan said about Ramamurthy.
Balan said she has been a fan of Gandhi since she watched him play Harshad Mehta in “Scam 1992”.
“I had watched ‘Scam’ before I met him and it’s so amazing that someone who looked like he was born to play that role (Harshad Mehta), is doing this (film) with so much ease and effortlessness… He is amazing in the film,” she added.
“Do Aur Do Pyaar”, which is produced by Applause Entertainment and Ellipsis Entertainment Production, will be out in cinemas on April 19.


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