Mumbai: Actor Vidya Balan says because of her filmography and the amount of time she spends in Kolkata, people often think she is a Bengali.
The actor made her debut with the Bengali movieBhalo Theko (2003) before being launched in Bollywood with Parineeta . She will next be seen in Te3n, which is again set in Kolkata.
“I don’t think there is a question of returning to Kolkata, because I invariably spend half my days there.”
The actress garnered acclaim for her portrayal of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman searching for her missing husband in Kolkata, in Kahaani . She will be back in the city for the sequel.
“Everyone speaks to me in Bengali and I show off my Bengali whenever I can. I know songs, rhymes and slangs. When in Kolkata, I don’t miss home that much. I am back there for Kahaani 2 . It feels like we went there for Te3n and just stayed back.”
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, Te3n also features actors Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Bachchan plays John Biswas, a grandfather in the pursuit of justice, while Siddiqui plays Father Martin Das, whose life was changed forever by the crime that claimed the life of John’s granddaughter. Vidya plays a cop in the movie. The film is scheduled to release on June 10.