Vidya Balan was recently seen on the silver screen in Mission Mangal where she shared the frame with Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and others.
It might sound as a surprise or not, it’s for the readers to decide. But despite Vidya’s long presence in both Film and TV industry and in addition to that her being married to a filmmaker i.e. Aditya Roy Kapoor, she was subjected to the casting couch.
In a F2F with Pinkvilla, she shared a casting couch incident with her. These were her words,
“One day I remember I was in Chennai and this director came to meet me. I said let’s sit in the coffee shop and he kept insisting that he wants to talk to me and that we should go to the room. I left the door of my room open and he left within five minutes. This incident suddenly struck me today when I’m talking about this.”
“Someone wrote that ‘Dress like this, she has no business of getting out, she should stay indoors’. That had affected me so much that for the longest time, I would get dreams of it and get really angry. Today, I don’t let the noise get to me.”
Talking to Bollywood life, she shared that she was confident about Mission Mangal’s box-office success since day one. These were her words,
“From the time I heard the narration, I knew this film is good and it will do well. I don’t think much about the numbers (box office), Kitna and all. Before Mission Mangal, I never had clarity about how well a film would do. But this time, through the narration, film making process and the promotions, I had clarity.”
Vidya Balan played Tara Shinde in Mission Mangal. And she was the deputy of Akshay Kumar when it comes to the cast members of Mission Mangal.
Moreover, she was the only female voice that supported Mission Mangal makers and Akshay Kumar’s words that the film wasn’t male-dominated. Despite the fact that the cast had an outnumbering amount of females as compared to just two males, but Akshay Kumar’s pic shadowed the rest of the cast in the movie’s leading poster.