Vidya Balan: No competition with Rituparna didi, she is a dear friend

Vidya has urged the people of West Bengal to watch the film on Bangla Nabobarsho.

Our Correspondent

Vidya Balan plays the lead in Srijit Mukherjee’s Begum Jaan. The film is the official Hindi remake of the Bengali film Rajkahini (2015), which was also directed by Mukherjee. There are bound to be comparisons between both films, more so as the original came out in 2015.

Similarly, comparisons between Balan and Rituparna Sengupta, who played the lead in Rajkahini, also cannot be avoided. Balan, however, has stated that she has no competition with the Bengali actress. Talking to an agency, she said, “I do not have any competition with Ritu didi. She is a dear friend and delivered a powerful performance as Begum Jaan in the Bengali film by Srijit Mukherjee.” 

Emphasising on the rapport she shares with Sengupta, she added, “I met Rituparna Sengupta during this visit and she wished me. Ritu di and I share good rapport and we have often met in the past. She has wished me all the best and said that she would come to see the film.”

Balan, who has had a good rapport with Mukherjee, hopes that the film will give him national recognition. “I have old ties with Srijit. He had got so much love from the people of Bengal for Rajkahini and other films. Now with Begum Jaan, he will be showered with the love of people of the entire country. After Srijit, I wish to work with other Bengali filmmakers,” she added. 

The Bangla New Year begins on 15 April. Vidya feels the time is ideal for Begum Jaan to release (on 14 April). “I request everyone to come and watch my film on Bangla Nabobarsho. The release date is also a tribute to Bengal, which has contributed a lot in promoting art in the country,” she said.