When Vidya Balan arrives for a conversation at a suburban lounge, she radiates happiness and contentment. It’s almost one in the afternoon, but she’s looking astonishingly fresh in a printed dress and a one-sided plait. “I told Siddharth (her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur) that I am working this Sunday and he was fine with it. He is also a working person and he understands. But this doesn’t seem like work,” she chuckles, as she reaches for a corn starter and settles down on the couch.
Recalling the time she was first introduced to her husband, she describes the meeting as one that was ‘arranged’ by their common friend, producer-director Karan Johar. And fortunately for both, it was the beginning of a love story from the first meeting itself as she saw a potential husband in Siddharth!
The power couple of Bollywood have now been happily married for over a year. Biting into the starter, Vidya Balan confesses that she has been a vegetarian ‘forever’, while her husband is a hard-core non-vegetarian. “Initially I thought we would have two microwave ovens at home, one to heat the vegetarian food and the other, for non-veg. My sister, however, pointed out that the food aromas don’t linger in the oven, and she was right. Now we have only one,” she grins, as the afternoon unfolds into a discussion of her personal life, and a bit about her film roles too.
The best thing about marriage, according to her, is waking up with Siddharth every morning. It gives her a wonderful and most secure feeling in the world. “Coming from a close knit family, I have always been very secure. I never felt the need of security. But this (marriage) is an absolutely different kind of security, a heavenly feeling of knowing that we both are together.”
Cut to Shaadi Ke Side Effects. The recently released film in which Balan plays a harried housewife, who is mostly thinking of how to deal with her offspring. Adding to her woes, is her husband, also called Siddharth (Farhan Akhtar), who is still a bachelor in his head, wants to go out with the boys, gulp beer and is wrought with frustration about the child.
For Balan, who’s known to use her ‘gut instinct’ for making her career choices, Trisha is one of the more playful roles. Though as always she plays it to perfection, it is quite unlike her other previous characters which were edgy, intense and complex like the ones in Kahaani and The Dirty Picture.
The actress is quick to acknowledge that good-naturedly, and goes on to reveal what it was about Trisha that worked for her. “I knew it was not an author-backed role and the story was from a male perspective. But I found myself chuckling when continued…