Pune Maharashtrians are a cultured lot, says Vidya Balan

Pune365 Desk

An enchanting smile, poise and grace, unfazed by media tactics is a perfect description of Vidya Balan. The versatile actor, who has a career spanning over a decade is best known for her roles in Pradeep Sarkar’s musical drama Parineeta and the much-acclaimed Kahaani has always had a special relation with Pune, “I love Pune cause it’s close enough to Mumbai and yet it’s far enough to feel you’ve left home. You can tell a Puneri Maharashtrian always; they are a cultured lot. And the weather at most times is welcoming.”

Vidya’s connect with Maharashtra does not stop here. Treading on paths most Bollywood actors do not follow, Balan will be seen in yet another biopic after Dirty Picture. Ek Albela, which is the Bhagwan dada biopic will mark Vidya’s Marathi debut. She will reprise the character of Geeta Bali, though not in a full-fledged role. Despite making a special appearance in the film, the national award-winning actress has been seen promoting the film on various social media platforms.

Much appreciated by critics for taking up roles of substance, Vidya is all set to prove her merit once again with Ribhu Dasgupta’s Te3n alongside Bollywood’s veterans Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui which is set to release this week. The film has already piqued the curiosity of viewers who are waiting to see the powerhouse trio set fire to the screen.

Although she has said in an interview that she isn’t a foodie, there is one thing she can’t resist on her way to Pune, “I love the drive and the stop at Joshi vada pav on the way.”

The actress is working harder than ever this year, with a string of films in the pipeline. She has completed shooting Kahaani 2 and will also start working on a project based on the famous author and poet Kamala Das by the end of the year.

Zeenat Tinwala

Zeenat Tinwala

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