‘Never believed in numbers game’

National Award-winning actor Vidya Balan says she is not bothered by the number game in Bollywood and rather believes in giving her best to whatever she does.

Vidya, 37, who is known as one of the most talented performers in the industry, faced the box office failure of her last few releases, Ghanchakkar, Bobby Jasoos and Shaadi Ke Side Effects but the actor is not perturbed by it.

“I don’t see this as being at the top... I have never subscribed to this number and perception game. For me, I like to be at the top of my game at all times which <g data-gr-id="46">means</g> I want to do things to the best of my ability. Sometimes my films do well and sometimes they don’t but I will give it my all,” Vidya told media persons in an interview.

When asked about the competition from contemporaries like Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut, Vidya said she does not compare her work with others.

“I am living in <g data-gr-id="48">a world</g> where it is all about me... I don’t see anyone else in that world. I don’t see it as these many people are at the top and what will happen tomorrow if I am not there at the top because I don’t consider that (being at the top) I think all of us are living <g data-gr-id="54">parallely</g>,” she said.

With stellar performances in films like <g data-gr-id="38">Kahaani,</g> and The Dirty Picture, Vidya is often lauded for starting the current trend of women-oriented films.

“Today, there is a lot of scope for female actors. Everyone tells me that this trend was started by me... I feel if 0.01 <g data-gr-id="49">per cent</g> credit goes to me, I am humbled. We are seeing women all around us taking charge of life and their stories are inspiring us, which is why people are writing strong and wonderful scripts and actors are doing it,” Vidya said.

“The more successful these films are, the more money will get invested into these kinds of films. I think each one of us is contributing equally.” 

Known for openly praising her counterparts, Vidya did not miss to laud some of the recent performances she saw.

“I loved Kangana in Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Queen... I loved Anushka (Sharma) in NH 10, Bhumi Pednekar in Dum <g data-gr-id="50">Lagake</g> <g data-gr-id="51">Haisha</g>. I think lots of interesting stuff is happening these days,” she said. Vidya will be seen next in Mohit Suri’s upcoming love saga <g data-gr-id="52">Humari</g> <g data-gr-id="53">Adhuri</g> Kahaani, opposite Emraan Hashmi.
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