By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) One of the most talented actresses among the
new lot, Vidya Balan dismisses romantic link-ups with her "Salaam-e-Ishq"
co-star John Abraham saying she hasn't found Mr. Right yet.
"We got along well enough for people to notice. But an affair! Have a
heart! I haven't found a man I'd like to spend my life with. When he comes
along, I'll give up everything, career included. Do you think I'd risk that
kind of commitment at this stage of my career when things are going
So what's the truth about John?
"We just got along well shooting 'Salaam-e-Ishq', as we were
supposed to. So maybe people saw us getting along well and made up their
own screenplay. From the little I know of Bipasha Basu, she's a no-
nonsense honest person. She won't take such rubbish lying down," Vidya
She was also linked with Sanjay Dutt.
"Poor thing! He's become so self-conscious after our link-up stories,
he mumbles a hello and moves away."
Vidya says she knows how the story of her so-called affair with Sanjay
"After interviewing me the journalist called the next day to ask if
something was up between me and Sanju. Obviously, the editor must have
said, 'Vidya not interesting enough. Masala maro.' I'd rather be
uninteresting than known for my link-ups," said Vidya who had four
releases in the past one year.
"After 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', 'Eklayva' and 'Guru' last year, the next
year started for me with 'Salaam-e-Ishq'. There I played this fey and feisty
woman married to John Abraham."
Revealing the rare side to her personality which people don't notice too
often, she said: "I do have a sense of humour. That's why I enjoyed doing
'Lage Raho...' so much. I had a ball shooting with Sanju and Arshad."
In "Hey Baby" Vidya is cast as the baby's mother.
"I don't mind playing a mom if the role is as charming as the one in
'Hey Baby'. In fact I've no reservations about anything. Just bring on the
But it is Priyadarshan's "Chandramukhi" which would be a big
challenge for Vidya since she plays a classical dancer in it.
"Since I'm a Tamil Iyer Brahmin, I'm trained in Carnatic singing. I was
also trained in Bharatnatyam for a while but I lost interest. Later I took up
Kathak and got busy with other things. But I need to brush up my dancing
for 'Chandramukhi'. I've seen what Shobana has done in the original
Malayalam film. I adore Shobana. To match steps with her would be
Isn't there a danger of Vidya getting typecast as the old-world heroine
after doing "Parineeta" and now "Chandramukhi"?
"I don't mind the era and aura as long as the role is challenging. It's not
as if I'm only playing old-world roles. In 'Lage Raho...' and 'Salaam-e-Ishq'
I'm very much a woman of today."
Though Vidya is pivotal to 'Lage Raho...' she admits she didn't have
that much to do in Vinod Chopra's 'Eklavya' and Mani Ratnam's
"Just the thrill of working with directors like Vinod Chopra and Mani
Ratnam is enough incentive to be part of their films," she said.