An Iron Lady, Indeed…

Bollywood diva Vidya Balan is making waves with the news that she is to receive a sum of Rs 18 crore to be cast as Indira Gandhi in Manish Gupta’s upcoming film. The film will focus on Gandhi’s life as a Prime Minister which would include events like the Emergency, Operation Blue Star as well as the Prime Minister’s assassination. The superstar remuneration to be paid to Vidya will elevate her status of lead lady to higher levels.

There have been rumours in Bollywood for quite some time that Indira Gandhi’s life was to be brought on the silver screen. However, none of the cast and crew, except the lead, has been set yet. The director is also planning to approach the Gandhi family with the script for their input as well as permission.

Vidya, born in Palakkad, is dear to Malayalis. Making her debut in Bollywood through Parineeta in 2005, Vidya made her way up the ladder of stardom through gradual but steady steps. Her first few attempts in film industry were failures. She proceeded to gain fame through television commercials and music videos before getting into mainstream cinema. She was criticized and mocked for many things including her poor choice of roles in movies like Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection as well as her body weight. She was even called “worst dressed actress” by some publications and ridiculed for her body weight fluctuations.

But through all this, Vidya stood by what she believed in and refused to change herself to fit into socially acceptable roles. She became more selective in choosing her roles as well as her wardrobe. She enthralled the audience with her brilliant performances in Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture andKahaani. She has won several awards including the National Film Award For Best Actress (The Dirty Picture) in 2011, five Filmfare awards. She was also awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

From being criticized, Vidya became the bombshell of Bollywood through her dignified looks draped in saris, her strong lead roles in films as well as her outstanding contributions to social causes. Apart from supporting child education and women empowerment among many others, she is currently the ambassador for sanitation in the country by the government. Now called “daring” and “bold”, she is one of the most prominent and influencing personalities in the industry. She has indeed proved that no one is more qualified to be cast as Indira Gandhi than the iron lady of Bollywood herself.