‘I share a cool chemistry with SRK’

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Chaitanya Padukone, DNA India

That’s how Vidya Malawade describes her equation with the superstar,

who plays her hockey coach in ‘Chak De India’

Popularly known as the ‘maska-chaska’ girl, former air hostess and

model Vidya Malawade is still waiting for her big Bollywood break.

Incidentally, Vidya had featured in Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Inteha’ opposite

Ashmit Patel a few years ago. She had also hosted the show ‘Mirchi Top

20’ (Zoom), which literally took her places.

And then out of the blue she got the offer from Yash Raj Films to

essay the role of the girl’s hockey team captain in ‘Chak De India’.

Though Vidya was reluctant to reveal too many details regarding her role in

this Shimit Amin directorial, she shared a few insights.

“I have been a badminton player. I had never played hockey in my life.

So when they auditioned me for the role of the captain I was clueless,”

says Vidya adding, “But I am a kathak dancer and also know western

dances like salsa, rumba and tap-dance.

That gave them the confidence that I had swift and agile body

movements—a must for hockey players.” Vidya continues, “They had

tested dozens of girls. But they felt that only I was destined to play it.

Coincidentally, my character is also called Vidya!”

The aspirant had to go through grueling hockey training for almost six

months in Melbourne and Sydney. “At the end of it I became the favourite

of the Australian coaches. So much so, that they offered me a job in their

hockey team. Most of the other girls comprising the team in the film are all

A-level hockey players from different parts of the country,” reveals

Vidya.

Interestingly, Vidya wasn’t awed whilst shooting with co-star Shah

Rukh Khan. “That’s because I had earlier shot for a car commercial with

him. Even otherwise Shah Rukh is an unassuming person, who also guides

his co-actors to project their best. He plays my coach Kabeer Khan. I

share a cool chemistry with him,” insists Vidya who now has three new

films in hand including Sanjay Gadhvi’s ‘Kidnap’ and Atul Sabharwal’s

‘Junction’.
Vidya is disheartened about the fact that her long-completed movie ‘Agar’

(earlier titled ‘Take Two’) with Shiney Ahuja hasn’t still released. Vidya

reveals, “It’s a double role of a girl who leads two lives. Shot mostly in Sri

Lanka, it’s directed by Amit Saxena (of ‘Jism’ fame). I hope its releases

soon,” she signs off.

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