Vidya Balan Turns Producer

Actress extraordinaire, social crusader and doting wife, is there anything that Vidya Balan can’t do? After winning more than a dozen acting awards, spreading awareness about female sanitation and being the better half of one of Bollywood’s most well-known producers, the actress is all excited about her new role. Vidya is ready to don the producer’s hat with her company, Vidya Balan Films. And she wants to begin her new innings by producing a web series on former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Though Vidya boasts of a tremendous body of work, she now wants to graduate from just acting to producing original and meaningful content.

The actress has recently bought rights to journalist Sagarika Ghosh’s biography Indira: India’s Most Powerful PM. She had earlier voiced her desire to play the iconic character of Indira Gandhi and now her dream is closer to reality. The epic sweep of the erstwhile Prime Minister’s life may not fit into a feature film and, hence, the web series. A project of this magnitude certainly requires a lot of research and groundwork and Vidya is more than up to the task.

Since her top-notch performance as 80s actress Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture, Vidya has been offered the chance to act in many biopics. The powerhouse actress was reportedly offered the titular role in the biopic based on the life and times of legendary Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi. Vidya has also been keen on essaying the roles of Bollywood icons such as Meena Kumari and Lata Mangeshkar on the silver screen.

One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, Vidya Balan has blazed her own trail by breaking the age-old conventions of slimness and beauty in Bollywood. Even after being repeatedly body shamed and unfairly criticized for her dressing sense, the actor has changed the way Bollywood perceives its leading ladies. With her new role as producer, Vidya is ready to carve a new niche and reinvent herself all over again.