Happy as directors are not typecasting me: Vidya

Mumbai: From being a demure dame in `Parineeta` to being a mother in `Paa` to a sly temptress in `Ishqiya` to southern siren in `The Dirty Picture` and now a pregnant woman in `Kahani`, actress Vidya Balan has come a long way and she is happy that filmmakers are not typecasting her.

"Over the past two-three years, there have been writers and directors who have been saying that they are writing roles keeping me in mind. I think what has happened after `Dirty Picture` is that people think I am open to experimentation, I am game for all kinds of roles but luckily they are not looking to typecast me," Vidya said in an interview.

She has given back-to-back hit films starting from R Balki`s `Paa` (2009) alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Vishal Bharadwaj`s `Ishqiya` (2010) opposite Nasseruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, Raj Kumar Gupta`s `No One Killed Jessica` (2011) alongside Rani Mukherjee, Milan Luthria`s `The Dirty Picture` (2011).

"The proportion of success in that sense is humongous. Even after `Paa`, `Ishqiya`, `No One Killed Jessica`, people said now what? Are you narrowing down your options? I don`t think about these things. God has brought me till here and he will take me further," Vidya said.

"I am here to act. I am not saying that I will do only such roles or solo heroine projects. I want to do different genres of film with different actors and directors," she said.

In director Sujoy Ghosh`s soon-to-be released film `Kahani`, Vidya essays the role of a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata in search of her husband.

Ask her what homework she did for the role, Vidya says, "In my college days when I used to travel by train with friends from Chembur to VT station (in Mumbai), I had seen many pregnant women. I used to imitate them…. I think it comes naturally to a woman to carry a baby bump."

"It was not pillow but a prosthetic stomach that was used (for the scene). I could not sit easily as it would hurt me. There was pressure on lower back as well," she said.
The thriller film will hit cinema houses tomorrow.