Vidya Balan won hearts with her performance in the recently released film, Mission Mangal, as she has with many of her previous films. Whether it’s Tumhari Sulu, Kahaani, The Dirty Picture or Begum Jaan, we can always count on her for giving a flawless performance.
While the actress kills it on screen, her husband and owner of Roy Kapur Films, Siddharth Roy Kapur aces the money game. Having worked as the head honcho of UTV motion pictures and Disney India, Siddharth has been responsible for the success of several films such as Dangal, Haider, Fashion, Taare Zameen Par, Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani, 2 States etc.
However, despite being an actor-producer jodi, Vidya and Siddharth have collaborated professionally only once, for Ghanchakkar. You’d think the talented individuals would have come together for more than one film, but in a recent interview with Film Companion, Vidya reveals why they haven’t.
Because I just think it’s… Like 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 but you know… I don’t really fight but I argue, I reason. Actually reason is more like it. But I couldn’t do that with Siddharth when it’s so personal, I think. Because I can fight with Siddharth and I will end up fighting with him. I just think it’s safer. 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 and then either of us has passed on it. 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.
Fair enough! Vidya saying #relatable things as always.
She also recollected the time when she was shooting for Ghanchakkar and had just started dating Siddharth, who was then the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. She called Ronnie Screwvala (Founder, UTV Group) and told him she won’t be able to do the film as she was in a relationship with Kapur.
Screwvala, Vidya said, convinced her that he’ll take care of everything and she won’t have to interact with Sidharth about work. But thereafter, the actress decided not to cross paths with her husband professionally. She thought profession is such that it posed a threat to their relationship and the couple wasn’t willing the to take that risk. Smart move, we’d say!
It’s always such a delight to hear Vidya talk. Her unfeigned behaviour, sheer honesty and ‘keep it real’ attitude is a refreshing change.