There is no denying the fact that Vidya Balan is a powerhouse of talent. She has proven it time and again with her choice of scripts as well as her incredible acting prowess in films like Paa, Kahaani, The Dirty Picture and Mission Mangal. But her road to success and stardom wasn’t paved with roses. She faced harsh rejections at the beginning of her career when she signed Malayalam and Tamil films.
Apart from being an amazing actress, Vidya also continually speaks up about issues like body positivity and the co-existence of science and religion. More recently, in an interview with Anupama Chopra for ‘Film Companion’, she talked about keeping her personal and professional life separate so as to not cross wires.
She revealed her decision to not collaborate with husband and producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and the reasons for the same.
DNA India quoted her saying,
“I feel I could have a problem with my director or my producer on another film and I could just, have it off with, not have a fight…I don’t really fight but I argue, I reason. Actually reason is more like it. I couldn’t do that with Siddharth when it’s so personal I think because I can fight with Siddharth, I’ll end up fighting with him.”
“I just think it’s safer (not to work with him), I want to retain the sanctity of our relationship, of our marriage. There have been a few instances when he’s liked a script and I’ve liked a script then either of us has passed on it.”
She further added that sensitive discussions on money were also another factor behind her stance.
“And I can’t negotiate monies with him. Imagine, if he says you should be getting this much and I’d be like I should be getting 10 times that amount, that means you’re devaluing me and then other issues will show up. So I don’t want to get into that space at all.”
When the two were still dating, they did work on a film together named ‘Ghanchakkar’. But the experience was not something Vidya wanted to repeat because she didn’t feel comfortable enough to discuss certain things with her husband.
She concluded by saying, “And in this profession na I think when we work, it’s so close, it takes so long, we put in so much, I think you lose objectivity after a point. I don’t want to be in a position where anything is a threat to our well being. It’s too precious for me.”
Working with your spouse comes with its own pros and cons but we certainly agree with Vidya’s point of view about avoiding potential conflicts. What about you?