Having shared the screen with him twice already, Vidya Balan is working with Naseeruddin Shah for the third time in Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Begum Jaan’. Always having shared a great rapport with the legendary actor, Balan went on record to talking about her working relationship with him since they first came together.
Explaining how she has changed since first working with Shah, The Indian Express reports Balan stating,“I used to giggle a lot and Naseer sir would call me Miss Giggles. But this time, he was surprised I wasn’t giggling much.”
She went on to talk about how she still feels nervous around him, “It was wonderful. My first day was with Naseer sir. I asked Srijit Mukherjee (director) why would you do that because all said and done, you are still nervous on the first day. You don’t know what you are going to do on sets and then you are also facing Naseer sir.”
“I told my director to not put me under so much pressure. He then told me that Naseer sir’s dates were not available later on. But he is always so warm and wonderful and my first three days of shoot were with him,” she added.
Talking about how inspired she is by Shah, Balan expressed, “ I am amazed by how effortlessly he does everything that he does. And that is why he is Naseer sir.”
With ‘Begum Jaan’ being another film to add to her growing list of women-centric films, Balan has manage to set a trend on the subject of women empowerment. Addressing how she manages to succeed over and over again, the actress explained, “When you want something, the universe conspires to get you that. Perhaps these kind of films veer towards me. I too get drawn to issues that are specific to women. And by doing them, I am also trying to realise my worth and value with every passing day.”
‘Begum Jaan’ is set during the time of India’s partition, and the fight of the people to save their homes in the midst of political and social conflict. The film is set to hit the big screen on 6th January.