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Vidya Balan on ‘Begum Jaan’: Everyone is calling me a badass and I love it

Amitabh Bachchan once rightly said in an interview: When Vidya Balan laughs, it feels as if it’s coming right from the depth of her stomach. Prepping self for the daunting series of interviews for her upcoming film ‘Begum Jaan’, Vidya is grace personified. It’s evident as she sits in a six-yards elegantly, with her hair let loose and her nose-pin that conspicuously entices attention. She notices and enjoys little things happening around her.

Vidya plays ‘Begum Jaan’, a brothel owner, in the story of survival set against the backdrop of the country’s partition in 1947. The trailer has got an outstanding response, clearly indicating increasing expectations from the flick. Interestingly, Vidya says the trailer launch was just one of the events, but the reaction to its success is surprising. “I didn’t think about it. The trailer was another event I had to attend that day, and then I had a TV shoot scheduled for the day. I was taken by surprise. I wasn’t even thinking about it when Srijit called and informed me that it had crossed 7 million views — and now it has crossed 20 million. I think it’s done much better than what I expected,” she says excitedly.

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