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Vidya Balan opts out of Meena Kumari biopic, says it can’t just be a sensational account of her life

After Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan walks out of the Tigmanshu Dhulia's Meena Kumari biopic. This has come after the late actor's family had issued a statement about their unhappiness with Vidya's casting. Vidya says that the reason for leaving the film was the sensationalised script.

New Delhi | Published: November 8, 2017 9:55:28 am
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Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan was in talks to essay the role of Meena Kumari in the Tigmanshu Dhulia directed biopic since a long time. But looks like after the actor’s family issued a press statement about them not being happy with Vidya’s casting, she chose to opt out of the project.

Confirming the news, she told DNA, “No, I’m not doing the Meena Kumari-biopic anymore. It didn’t quite work out. I love Meena Kumari. If I had a girl crush on somebody, it would be her. If she was alive, I’d probably land up to see her all the time. I am that fascinated by her. I always wanted to play her.” Earlier, reports of Kangana Ranaut starring in the film were making the rounds. But due to Kangana’s tight schedule, the film fell into Vidya Balan’s lap.

Telling more about her reasons that made her walk away, Vidya said, “The script has to do justice. It can’t just be a sensational account of her life, even if she is not around. It has to present different episodes of her life and not just the ones that will grab eyeballs. So, I decided not to do it.”

Recently, when Vidya joined singer Tulsi Kumar to announce Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India (GKFTII) in Noida on Tuesday, Vidya also talked about how it is very important for an actor to be shameless and fearless. “It is very important for an actor to be shameless, should have no apprehensions, fearless and be ‘bindass’,” said

On the film front, Vidya is looking forward to her upcoming film Tumhari Sulu. Directed by Suresh Tiwari, the story of Tumhari Sulu revolves around a middle-aged housewife Sulochona aka Sulu who is a happy-go-lucky person with an extraordinary calibre.

And for Vidya, Tumhari Sulu is a happy film. “People are saying that it is a slice of life film and tells story of a middle class family… Sulu is a very energetic woman who wants to try everything once. After watching the film, people will leave the theatre with a smile,” she said.

Vidya also adds that she is not bothered about numbers. “If a film is successful in winning hearts then it is a hit, and if the producers get back their money and it earns some profit then it is a super hit,” the actor said while talking about the ‘Rs 100 crore’ club.

Vidya, who is married to producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, also had a message for all those who want to enter showbiz. She says, “There’s no one way to be successful. You have to find your own path to success. And self-confidence is the biggest qualification for success in any field.”

Tumhari Sulu is releasing on November 17.

(with inputs from IANS)

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