Vidya to play Indira in biopic

6 years ago

Newly married actress Vidya Balan will reportedly essay the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in her next film. This would be perhaps the second biopic in her eight-year-long career, the most recent one being ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011).  

“I can’t reveal much as I’m bound by contract. All I can say is that I’m doing one,” she was quoted saying.

“When the time is right, they (the makers) will make the necessary announcement,” Vidya added.

In her first biopic, the curvaceous actress from Palakkad portrayed the role of ‘80s seductress Silk Smitha in ‘The Dirty Picture’. The film set the cash registers ringing and also earned her numerous acclaim and awards. Balan also won the prestigious National Film Award for her tribute to ‘Silk’.

The 35-year-old actress recently married her longtime beau Siddharth Roy Kapur in December last year. She has just finished filming ‘Ghanchakkar’ opposite Emraan Hashmi. The film is directed by Rajkumar Gupta of ‘No One Killed Jessica’ fame and releases on June 21 this year.

Apart from the biopic, the talks of her featuring in the sequel to 2012 hit ‘Kahaani’ are also doing rounds. Balan essayed the role of a pregnant woman named Vidya Bagchi, who wanders around the streets of Kolkata, in search of her husband. The role earned her the third Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

“Sujoy (Ghosh, filmmaker) is currently in London. Once he returns, we will iron out the details and begin work on it,” she was quoted saying.

She is also paired opposite actor-director Farhan Akhtar in the sequel to ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’, titled ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ which is likely to release later this year.

Known for her versatility, Balan will surely add another feather to her cap if she essays the role of Mrs Gandhi. In her entire career, she has won fans across the globe for a variety of characters she has lived onscreen.


Be it a multiple sclerosis-affected woman in ‘Guru’ or a mother of a child suffering from progeria in ‘Paa’, Vidya is nowadays revered to as the only actress capable of shouldering a film on her own in this male-dominated industry.

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