News|March 9, 2012 8:16 am

Happy that directors are not typecasting me, says Vidya Balan

From being a demure dame in ‘Parineeta’ to being a mother in ‘Paa’ to a sly temptress in ‘Ishqiya’ to southern siren in ‘The Dirty Picture’ and now a pregnant woman in ‘Kahani’, actress Vidya Balan has come a long way and she is happy that filmmakers are not typecasting her.

Over the past two-three years, there have been writers and directors who have been saying that they are writing roles keeping me in mind. I think what has happened after Dirty Picture is that people think I am open to experimentation, I am game for all kinds of roles but luckily they are not looking to typecast me.

Vidya said.

She has given back-to-back hit films starting from R Balki s ‘Paa’ (2009) alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Vishal Bharadwaj s Ishqiya (2010) opposite Nasseruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, Raj Kumar Gupta s No One Killed Jessica (2011) alongside Rani Mukherjee, Milan Luthria s The Dirty Picture (2011).

The proportion of success in that sense is humongous. Even after Paa , Ishqiya , No One Killed Jessica , people said now what? Are you narrowing down your options? I don’t think about these things. God has brought me till here and he will take me further.

Vidya said.

I am here to act. I am not saying that I will do only such roles or solo heroine projects. I want to do different genres of film with different actors and directors.

she said. In director Sujoy Ghosh’s soon-to-be released film Kahani , Vidya essays the role of a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata in search of her husband.

Ask her what homework she did for the role, Vidya says,

In my college days when I used to travel by train with friends from Chembur to VT station (in Mumbai), I had seen many pregnant women. I used to imitate them…. I think it comes naturally to a woman to carry a baby bump.It was not pillow but a prosthetic stomach that was used (for the scene). I could not sit easily as it would hurt me. There was pressure on lower back as well.

she said. The thriller film will hit cinema houses tomorrow.