Working with Bong helmers as good as doing Bengali film: Vidya

Vidya Balan would love to star in a Bengali film but the actress, who calls Kolkata her second home, says she has to find the right script for it.

Vidya just wrapped up the shooting of the Amitabh-Nawazuddin starrer ‘Te3n’ which is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Sujoy Ghosh. Shot in the city, the film has the actress making a special appearance.

Balan has signed the sequel of her 2012 superhit thriller Kahaani’, which was based in the city, and will also be doing a Hindi adaptation of Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’.

However, the Kerala-born actress, 38, is struggling to find a good script for a Bengali film.

“I have to find the right script. I get offers but I have not been excited by anyone so far. I am working with Bengali directors and I am shooting here so it’s as good as working in a Bengali film I guess,” Balan told PTI here.

She said the day she found the right script for a Bengali film she will sign it as she has been waiting for a long time since her acting debut in Goutam Halder’s Bengali film ‘Bhalo Theko’ (Stay Well) in 2003.

Besides Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani’, ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Bhool Bhuliaya’ also had a ‘Bong’ connection.

“I enjoyed shooting for ‘Te3n’ because I got to shoot in Kolkata after a long time. It was the same team of ‘Kahaani’ with Sujoy Ghosh. The environment was same,” said the actress who has picked up a little bit of Bengali language as well.

Shooting for ‘Kahaani 2’ will begin next month in the city.

“‘Begum Jaan’ is not a remake of ‘Rajkahini’ but it is based on the story of the film. I will be playing the role of Begum Jaan (a brothel owner),” the actress said, adding that the shooting will begin in the middle of this year.