Vidya Balan, who plays the character of Vidya Vincent, an upright forest officer in her upcoming movie ‘Sherni’ says she wants her work to speak for her. The trailer of the film shows the lead character being surrounded by men who try to control how she should do her duty. Balan says she has experienced a similar situation in her real life too, adding that women sometimes are hesitant to stand up for themselves as they are taught to seek protection since childhood while men are taught to be protectors.
Balan says the story of ‘Sherni’ revolves around Vidya Vincent, a woman forest officer juggling her marriage and unusual job while trying to resolve the man-animal conflict that has her hooked immediately. Vidya Vincent is a person of very few words, she is a doer. She does what she believes in and does it in the right way. She is a tigress but she does not roar, added Vidya as she spoke about her character. Drawing similarities between her personality and her character in Sherni, Vidya said that she is a very private person when not working or promoting a film and prefers her work to do the talking.
In a career spanning 15-year, the 42-year-old has portrayed several strong characters in a range of critically acclaimed films such as ‘Parineeta’, ‘Kahaani’, ‘The Dirty Picture’’, ‘Paa’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and now ‘Sherni’.
There never was a career plan or strategy, she said, adding that planning is quite pointless most of the time. Following her guts and the realisation that she did not want to do “things just for the sake of it, like working with big banners or big stars just for the sake of it” has helped her in fulfilling the journey in the film industry. I always try to give my best when I do a film, added the actor.
‘Sherni’ is slated to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 18, is Balan’s second film to come out on the streamer after last year’s ‘Shakuntala Devi’, a biopic on the Indian math genius. The film also stars Sharad Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala, and Neeraj Kabi.
(With PTI Inputs)