"She is an aggressive person. She is someone who is unapologetic about her own choices. Bold is the word I'll use for the lack of a better word. In the Indian context, she would be Rambha, Durga or Kali. She is someone who is dressed from top to toe but oozes sensuality," the actress said. Set in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Ishqiya is a tale of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense, passion and deceit. In the film, Vidya sports a deglamourised look and mouths expletives.
Asked if Bharadwaj was the reason she signed Ishqiya, she said: "It's always very reassuring when the producer is an established guy because when you take a film, you want to know that no compromises will be made while making the film and even after it gets released. Of course Vishal comes with a certain brand and credibility...but more importantly I loved the role offered to me. I wouldn't have given it up.”
Vidya has moved to author-backed characters but she says her choice of roles is not a conscious effort to change her image. "It's not a conscious decision to try and stay away from a particular kind of roles. There is no effort for an image change. It's just that I'm just being offered a lot of exciting work and I've tried to pick and choose different things to keep it very exciting for me," she said.
"Of course, candyfloss is still welcome if it comes with substance, but the very fact that it's candyfloss takes away the substance. So I don't do that much candyfloss because it compromises on substance," added the actress.
The actress is now looking forward to strengthen her position and says she won't do roles she doesn't identify with. "Isn't that amazing? It's taken a lot of getting used to. But I feel blessed. I'm done with trying to be someone I'm not," says the gorgeous actress.
"I went through a period of tremendous turmoil when I was struggling to do roles that didn't come naturally to me. But now in hindsight I think that confusion helped me pick Paa, Ishqiya and Chenaab Gandhi. It's gratifying to know today directors think of me for specific roles and not just as one of many choices."
Thanks to director R Balakrishnan's Paa, she has regained her past glory. A lot is being said about her aesthetic clothes in Paa. “All thanks to designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee I think he understood my body language and my personality perfectly. And he dressed me up beautifully without overstepping the parameters of my character."
Vidya will be next seen in Ishqiya and as Amitabh Bachchan's daughter in Chenaab Gandhi.