Patience pays. And Vidya Balan will vouch for this. Till a year ago,nothing was going her way as far as her public image was concerned. Everything from her choice of clothes to her weight was being criticised. But the 28-year-old actress turned into the flavour of the season last weekend when she took home the Best Actor Award her first for her performance as Auros mother in Paa,a film that revolves around a father-son relationship.
This award has been very gratifying. The criticism I received over the last two years was all superficial. Im happy that the filmmakers came to me despite what was being written and showed faith in my work they knew weight and looks can always be taken care of. And it has been,indeed.
At the awards night,a svelte Balan traded a Sabyasachi at the last moment for a green and maroon Kanjeevaram sari that her parents had gifted her on her birthday. In return,she walked away with all the possible compliments.
After bagging the award,the actress is now ready to promote her next,Ishqiya,the promos of which,alone,have already generated a strong buzz. But Balan isnt willing to fall into the trap of making hay while the sun shines. I am not a part of any race and in no desperate hurry to get anywhere. I have the luxury of choosing my roles and I intend to utilise it.
However,the actress does admit that awards,though relative in nature,are a great means of appreciating an actors work. I have to say that I was disappointed when I wasnt even nominated for Bhool Bhulaiyya. But then I just sincerely carried on with my work and it has finally paid off.