Vidya Balan has time and again been associated with films that have been inspired by real-life events. Be it her last release, Mission Mangal that was on India’s Mars mission or Dirty Picture on Silk Smita, Vidya has never disappointed us with her choices of India’s homegrown heroes. And now, Vidya is back at it again with the Shakuntala Devi biopic.
Speaking about finding inspirations in heroes from India who have achieved world fame, Vidya said, “Isn’t it great? Now, we don’t need to look outside for inspiration (for films). I feel that it’s time we celebrated our homegrown heroes, our own achievements, and tell stories that are ours. And I feel great that it’s happening increasingly. As an actor too, it’s really thrilling for me.”
Vidya, who is in no hurry to go on a film signing spree was further quoted by Hindustan Times saying, “See, I am very clear that if I find three compelling scripts back to-back, I will probably do it, the way it happened with Kahaani 2 (2016), Begum Jaan (2017) and Tumhari Sulu. But if I find only one interesting thing in a year, I am fine with doing just that one film.”
Well, ever since her debut in 2005 with Pareenita, Vidya has been one actress who has done a slew of films that have a strong female carved role like Kahaani, The Dirty Picture, and Tumhaari Sulu. Speaking about her USP of doing women-centric films, the No One Killed Jessica actress said, “When I started out doing these films 10 years ago, it was a rarity. It was very unique but I feel very fortunate that a change was waiting to happen. And I showed up at the right place at the right time and became the face of that change. I am very grateful for that. I feel I must have put that desire out into the universe at some point.”
On the professional front, Vidya’s last release Mission Mangal featuring Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Sonakshi Sinha and Sharman Joshi in lead roles did wonders at the box office. And now Vidya will next be seen in Anu Menon directed Shakuntala Devi biopic, which will also feature Sanya Malhotra in a pivotal role.
The Shakuntaladevi biopic is slated for a tentative biopic in September 2020.