Its Cannes Calling for Vidya Balan. The Kahaani star will be heading to the Croisette as jury member of the 66th Cannes Film Festival where shell hobnob with the likes of jury President Steven Spielberg,actor Nicole Kidman,Life Of Pi director Ang Lee and Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.
Its quite a little era that Vidya is knitting for herself. The irony however is not lost. For someone,who not too long ago,was criticised for everything from her dress sense to her choice of films to her body image,Vidyas come a long way to become the nations Ooh la la fantasy.
In one of our interviews,Vidya shared that her confidence was damaged to the core when a columnist had fired a one-line salvo at her. Someone wrote that I shouldnt get out of my house, Vidya confessed which had made her retreat and rethink her career choices. It was during this phase that she discovered her reset button and decided to chart her own path in the Me too industry. Thats when she decided to turn into the go-to girl for all that was forbidden for her contemporaries. So when the other girls were getting page-one hits for being size zero and getting the bikini jitters,Vidya was out there sucking her co-stars thumbs.
The Cannes invitation is like a body blow to the fashion police who love to hate Vidya in all her Kanjivarams,Chanderis and Banarasis avatars. Sure,the claws will be out at the Cannes Red Carpet too. Bet Vidya and her favourite designer Sabyasachi are geared up for the dissection but heck,it must be quite a kick for the girl who was written off.
You can never keep a good girl down. Take for instance Konkona Sen Sharma who stuns with her scary,spooky and oh-so-deliciously-devilish Stepmom act in Ek Thi Daayan. The Kannan Iyer film gives all its actors the space to perform but its Konkona who owns the movie. Clearly,she had a ball playing Diana because it comes across. The little girl in the movie Sara Arjun who plays Misha is quite adorable. After all,its all about having fun. Thatll be my advice to Vidya too. Go to the Riviera,watch movies,live it up and let the naysayers be.