It’s been not less than a decade since fans have watched Vidya Balan serenade them with, “Good morning Mumbai” in Lage Raho Munnaibhai. Now, ten years later, she is back to playing a radio jockey, albeit with a twist. In her next film, Tumhari Sulu, Vidya will be seen essaying the role of a housewife by the day and an RJ by the night who has to speak to her audiences in a sexy tone. But, it’s the transformation of Sulu from a sari-clad middle aged housewife to a fun, energetic and fiesty RJ, which is the highlight of the film. Just a few days remaining for the release of Tumhari Sulu, India.com met up with Vidya to have a fun interaction with her about the film.
According to Vidya, she and her on screen character in the film are quite alike. When asked about how much of Sulu does she see in Vidya, the 38-year-old actress replied, “I have seen a lot of Vidya in Sulu and vice versa. I think both of us are mad and both of us laugh a lot and once we start laughing, we cannot stop. In think we’re both raring to go all the time. I suppose we both believe that ‘Main Kar sakti hai,’ but ‘Sulu Vidya se bhi zyada kar sakti hai’. (Sulu can do more than Vidya) .” The versatile actress had a fun time shooting for the film. The promos and the trailer are enough to testify that. But ask her what was the most fun element of playing Sulu on screen and she’ll quip, “What I loved about it was that I could laugh during a scene. I am someone who laughs a lot and I would always be doing serious films, which I love, but during the take I couldn’t laugh, and I’m someone who feels like laughing all the time. So, at least now I could legitimately, laugh during a scene.” We certainly can’t get over her laugh at the end of the film’s trailer! (ALSO READ: Vidya Balan On The Padmavati Controversy: All Films Should Be Allowed To Release In The Way They’ve Been Made)
Although this was not the first time she played an RJ, Vidya needed to prep a lot in order to slip into the skin of her onscreen character. Surprisingly, she did not follow any one particular RJ. When we asked her about who she took cues from to get the ‘on-air’ charisma right, she said she didn’t have anyone in particular, but a mix of them from whom she picked up the nuances. “There is not one honestly. You know the most successful RJs are those who have a unique style and who are able to connect with the audiences in a very personal way. So there are lots of them. I can’t really think of just one person but I must say that Malishka is someone who’s style I imbibed, particularly during Lage Raho Munnabhai. This time around, I didn’t refer to any specific person. ” Interesting, Malishka will also be starring in the film. She also said that she would always choose to be an actress as she loves acting and would not have traded the career for anything else in life. We also had a fun rapid fire segment with her. Take a look at the video below:
Helmed by Suresh Triveni, Tumhari Sulu also stars Neha Dhupia and Manav Kaul in pivotal roles. The film was just shot in a span of 42 days from the time it went on floors in April 23 this year. Earlier, it was supposed to release on December 1, but the makers pushed the release to an earlier date to avoid its clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmavati, which is slated to release then. Like Vidya just said, Tumhari Sulu is more of a happy film than a slice of life drama and it is all set to hit screens on November 17. Stay tuned to this space as we keep you updated with all that you need to know about the film and more.