Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vidya Balan & Dev Patel meet together:


 WHENEVER you see Vidya Balan perform, you tend to believe that she does nothing by the book. Her star continues to rise, and it is a mark of how untouched she is - how real, if you like. Her portrayal of diverse and distinguished roles is a testament of quality, excelling in range, power and versatility. Her forthcoming role of Sabrina Lal in No One Killed Jessica is just one of many we will witness in the near future.
Vidya Balan & Dev Patel meet together
DEVANSH PATEL: Isn't the title of No One Killed Jessica ambiguous? VIDYA BALAN: The title is very ambiguous but it has a deeper meaning to it. The day after the initial court case of Jessica Lal, when everyone got acquitted and the witnesses turned hostile, the conclusion was seen in the next day's newspapers with a headline, 'No One Killed Jessica". DP: What is cinema all about for you? VB: Cinema is all about stirring emotions. For me, that happened in No One Killed Jessica. It was also about an emotional journey of Sabrina, who was the face of the case, besides the media.


When you talk about Jessica Lal, you talk about Sabrina because it was her bravery that got her sister justice. DP: Did you ask your director why he offered you the role of Sabrina? VB: I asked my director why he offered me Sabrina and not the media person (played by Rani Mukerjee). He informed me that he needed an emotional graph of a woman and that I was the only one who could pull it off.

This is one film that I've spoken very little about, but yet I want to go on and on about it. The first day I did my costume trial and when my director saw me, he said, 'That's my Sabrina'. DP: You should thank your designer Sabyasachi for changing your image so drastically.

VB: Sabyasachi went with Rani Mukerjee to London to shop for her clothes for No One Killed Jessica. He is such a designer that he doesn't see films as a showcase for his clothes. Sabyasachi clothes characters. What took me by surprise is the fact that he came from London and said, 'I got your clothes too'. So when I asked him why he didn't take me along with him to London, he said, 'I wanted clothes which were larger and not your size'. He gave me T-shirts that were oversized and completely

asexual. He told me, 'From the sexually aggressive Krishna in Ishqiya comes an asexual lady who ain't pretty'. That was how real Sabyasachi wanted me to be in the film. DP: Do you believe in terms like commercial and art house cinema? VB: Words like that are redundant in today's time. Categories don't exist any more because I feel that a good film will always work. It could be anything.

The scale of a film may differ but a good film that recovers its money is a hit. It could be a five crore hit (50 million Indian rupee), a 50 crore hit (500m INR) or a 100 crore hit (1 billion INR). DP: What was it like working with Rani Mukerjee, your co-star?

VB: It is exciting to work with a good actor and Rani Mukerjee is someone who I've always liked. I've liked her in Bunty Aur Babli, Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat and Black. Rani Mukerjee is my favourite actress among my immediate seniors. Like I said, acting is about reacting, and when you work with an actor like Rani, it's great fun. DP: The music of your film is garnering a lot of ears too. VB: Amit Trivedi's music and

Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics complement each other. The first time I heard the song Dilli Dilli, I thought that it had some kind of weird energy about it. There is another favourite track of mine called Aitbaar, which is really about Sabrina's journey and there is a crazy song like Saali; three diverse songs which have everything to do with the film and its characters - Delhi, Sabrina and Rani.

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