‘Vidya’s comment on MWAS was special’

Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin’s brilliant portrayal of a vivacious girl with cerebral palsy in Margarita With A Straw garnered acclaim from everyone but the actress was particularly touched by Vidya Balan’s emotional response to her role.

Recalling Vidya’s response, Kalki said, “We did the screening of the film with Siddharth (Roy Kapur) and Vidya (Balan) in attendance. After watching the film, they both came out teary-eyed. 

They hugged me and left. They didn’t utter a single word to me.”  She, however, got a call from the Kahaani star the next day.

“She (Vidya) called me and we spoke for 40 minutes over phone. She said ‘I am sorry I couldn’t articulate because I was so emotional last night but I just wanted to say that you have inspired me to another level as an actor’,” Kalki told PTI. The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara star said being a part of the disability drama, which released on April 17, has changed her mindset towards the issue.

“I didn’t know anything about disability or cerebral palsy before I did this film. It was a huge awareness for me. I learnt how frustrating it is to be a disable person in our country due to lack of access. As an actor, I also realised that if you take so much time to prepare for a character it becomes your habit,” said Kalki.

The actress waited for almost nine months for the role in the Shonali-Bose directed movie and it took her some six months to get into the character. 
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