As she completes the 11th year journey in filmdom on Friday, the National Award winner is “grateful” for the opportunities that came her way.
“At one time in life, I wanted just one film release. I would have been happy if I had that one release, (but) I can’t believe I have been around for 11 years, (done) all the films that I have been a part of and worked with the people I have looked up to,” said Vidya.
Vidya’s tryst with showbiz began as the bespectacled Radhika of the TV sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’. Her role in Parineeta was a major departure from the clumsy Radhika to the demure Lalita, and from then there was no looking back.
She tasted success with path-breaking films like The Dirty Picture, Paa, Kahaani, Ishqiya and No One Killed Jessica, and also faced failure with movies like Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
“I got great opportunities for myself as an actor, and have got so much appreciation. I feel humbled and blessed,” added Vidya, who won the National Film Award for Best Actor for her bold avatar as sex symbol Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture. Vidya’s latest release is TE3N, which hit screens on a day when she celebrates her Bollywood anniversary. While she has a cameo in the Amitabh Bachchan starer, she has also done a special appearance for Marathi film Ekk Albela – her debut in the genre.
Previously, Vidya has worked with stars like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Emraan Haashmi, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan.
But she is yet to share the screen space with Bollywood’s top three Khans – Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir.
When do we see that happen?“I don’t know really. I don’t think about it because I guess I am very happy with the kind of work I am doing. I don’t think about what I haven’t done or have yet to do.”
Nevertheless, she’s looking forward to new and more challenging projects.