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Vidya Balan: You should not take success and failure too seriously

During her recent sojourn at Rann Utsav as part of various promotional activities lined up for her movie, ‘Tumhari Sulu’, the versatile actor seemed to drift between the personas she is — both on and off screen. At times, she was the happy-go-lucky Sulochana (Sulu), a suburban Mumbai housewife; and then, she was the quintessential star who made the line ‘entertainment, entertainment and entertainment’ a catchphrase.

Manav Kaul, her costar in the film that hit the theatres today, said that it takes only five minutes for Vidya Balan to make someone believe that she is a long-lost close friend. One may perhaps be even coerced to call it an occupational hazard of working in the industry, but Vidya pulls it off every time with such poise that you tend to forget the blurred lines of truth and acting. Somehow her voice and demeanor reveals that it is her actual personality, and not just a charade made up for promotions.

Her last film, ‘Begum Jaan’ didn’t live up to the expectations at the box office. Asked if she is excited or tensed about ‘Tumhari Sulu’ which is produced by T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment, she said, “I am excited about the movie. The response we hear has been unanimously stating that we have made a great film. I have watched it and that’s why I am more excited to know how people will receive it.”

“I think you should not take success and failure too seriously. You learn this with experience and maturity. I am someone who never took success very seriously. Of course, you get upset, you feel disappointed by failure – that’s normal. Having said that, to survive you need to shrug off the failure, and move forward. If you don’t take success seriously, you shouldn’t take failures seriously either. I don’t see any moment in my life as failure. In fact, I hate the term failure,” she added.

It was Tanuj Garg (one of the producers of the movie) and Suresh Triveni (Director of the Tumhari Sulu), who felt that Vidya fits the bill of the character they envisioned as Sulochana. According to her, the biggest creative accomplishment one can have is to fit a character imagined by creators and writers of the film. “Regardless of how many times it happens to me in the career, I always feel humbled when someone says that,” she said, as she steps down from her car to meet the BSF Jawaans posted at Kutch outpost before her scheduled fan interactions at Rann Utsav. And in a moment, she became lively, again.

She dances and even attempts to croon the recreated hit number ‘Hawa Hawai’ from the movie. “Meeting with the jawans is always a great experience. I remember going to Uri 11 years ago and it was fantastic too,” she said. “I thought what I can do as a performer to entertain them so I sang and danced. We just had little bit of fun,” she added

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