Vidya Balan talks about her secret love affair

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t’s a love affair Vidya Balan can’t keep secret anymore. And it’s not with a man but with a city.

Vidya Balan admits she’s obsessed with Kolkata, a city that’s been her muse for many performances. A decade ago, she made her acting debut with Goutam Halder’s Bhalo Theko and since then, has acted in Parineeta (2005) and Kahani, both set in Bengal.

The Kerala-born actor says: “I don’t know. I have stopped trying to understand why. I have just accepted that there is a relation. My mom keeps saying that there might be a relation from a past life because I do not know anyone with so much of love for Bengal. Even the man in my life will have to deal with another love affair, and that is Kolkata.”

She adds that she’s even learnt Bengali tunes saying, “I know how to sing some songs and rhymes. I keep on learning,” she said, adding that her unflinching love for Kolkata is so self-evident that people often mistake her to being a Bengali. “The first time I went to Kolkata, I felt a sense of familiarity,” says Vidya, who will be seen playing a siren in Dirty Picture.


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