Vidya Balan hit bull’s eye playing a scientist in her last release Mission Mangal. The film is doing great business at the box office and now the actress is looking forward to portraying mathematical wizard, Shakuntala Devi in her biopic. Talking about what drew her to the character of the Math whiz, Vidya said, “She is the only computer with a wicked sense of humour. She was really sharp-witted and whatever she was asked, pat came the reply.”
During a recent interview with a leading daily, Vidya was asked about the increase in films based on real incidents and celebrated figures. Even Mission Mangal was based on ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission and her next is a biopic. Explaining about the paradigm shift, Vidya said, “For the longest time, films presented a fantasy world you could escape into. Now, they are no longer an escape. We want to see ourselves as heroes or heroines. Social media has done that to us. Each one of us knows our opinion matters and that we have a voice. I may be an ordinary person but my story is really interesting. I am a hero in my own life. You can be a regular person, but do something extraordinary and that is being celebrated now.”
Well, that is definitely something to ponder about how the audience’s perceptions have changed and that they no longer want to be like the hero but instead they feel that they are the hero who is a common man going through life’s trials and tribulations. No wonder, slice-of-life films are minting money at the box office.