With the recent release of the huge hit film The Dirty Picture, actress Vidya Balan when from a solid supporting actress to one of the most powerful female stars in Bollywood. She was the lead actor in the biggest Indian film ever with a female protagonist. This is bound to lead to big things for Balan, and one director was fortunate enough to jump on the Balan phenomenon early, Sujoy Ghosh.
Many months back we reported the rumor that Balan and Ghosh would be working on a Kill Bill remake in India, however, like so many Bollywood rumors, that turned out to be false. What is true is that the pair are working on another film with Balan firmly holding up the lead. This is a fortuitous turn for both. Sujoy Ghosh’s last film, Aladin, was three years ago, and what better way to jump back into the fray than with the hottest actress in India at the fore. Vidya Balan, on the other hand, will be able to capitalize on her major success as a lead actor with another film less than 5 months after her victorious reign over the Indian box office. Everybody wins!
Kahaani, which translates to Story in English, is the story of a pregnant woman coming to India to find her husband, only to be told that he never existed by everyone with whom she comes in contact. The story sounds familiar, but don’t they all? What I am looking forward to is Balan, whose performance in The Dirty Picture was one of the highlights of Bollywood in 2011. Kahaani opens on March 9th in cinemas worldwide, and you can bet I’ll be there!