As Vidya Balan turns 35 today (January 1), the actor talks about her birthday, completing one year of marriage with Siddharth Roy Kapur, competition with Ranbir Kapoor and going slow on films.
Any special plans for your birthday this year?
We’ve just returned from a holiday in Bali. I like to celebrate my birthday and bring in the New Year with my family.
Have your birthdays become more special after marriage?
I’m enjoying being married to Siddharth, so obviously special days take on even more special hues (smiles).
A few days back, you celebrated your first wedding anniversary. How has the first year of marriage been? Did you do anything special to mark the occasion?
It has been wonderful, by God’s grace. We’ve both spent a lot of time apart because of work commitments so I would say it still feels like the honeymoon is on. It’s wonderful living with a person you love. There’s so much to discover and share. It has made me less restless.
Last year, you only had one release (Ghanchakkar). Are we going to see you more frequently in 2014 or are you taking it slow on purpose?
At any given time, I’m a one-man woman and a one-film actor (laughs). I shot for Shaadi Ke Side Effects last year and we’ve completed 60 per cent of Bobby Jasoos already. I am due to start Hamari Adhuri Kahaani soon, so Inshallah, I may have as many as three releases next year.
The first look of Bobby Jasoos has created a lot of buzz. Are you enjoying working in a detective film for the first time?
The reactions to the first look have been incredibly exciting and it has been great fun sharpening my wits on this one... Samar Shaikh (director) is a slave driver; we are all happily enslaved by him.
Bobby Jasoos is already being compared to Ranbir Kapoor’s Jagga Jasoos. What’s your take on it?
It’s bound to happen because they are both detective films and their titles have the operative word jasoos. It (the comparisons) means that both films are being looked forward to and I like that.
It is also being said that your film might release before and beat Ranbir’s film despite the fact that he is working on completing it quickly…
(Laughs) I am sure that’s hogwash. Knowing Ranbir, he’s just working hard to deliver another knockout performance.
Lastly, are you really playing Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter in Shoojit Sircar’s next?
I’d love to play just about anything to Mr Bachchan, but I must admit I’m not aware of such a film.