Vidya Balan Puts Several Films On Hold To Concentrate On Indira Gandhi’s Biopic
Vidya Balan to play former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her biopic, which is based on Sagarika Ghose's book titled Indira: India's most powerful woman
Vidya Balan, who was last seen in comedy-drama Tumhari Sulu in 2017 currently has several projects lined up for this and upcoming years. The Dirty Picture actress will next be seen in Jagan Shakti’s Mission Mangal, which features Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen in significant roles. The story of Mission Mangal revolves around scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, which marked India’s first interplanetary expedition.
Apart from Mission Mangal, she has many projects in her kitty, but if a report in Pinkvilla is believed, she has put all of them on hold for time being as she is currently preparing herself to play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a web series based on her life. According to reports, she will turn producer for this project as well.
A source quoted as saying to Pinkvilla, “Vidya has been sitting for regular narrations and hearing scripts. But she has declined all of them as of now. She has always maintained a very polite and professional relationship with directors. Whoever is approaching her for movies, she’s giving them time. But as of now, she doesn’t want to take up a film.”
According to reports, the biopic of Indira Gandhi is based on renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose’s book titled Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.
The source further said, “Vidya is extremely passionate and kicked about this project because she has been waiting to play Indira for years now. Each time, she was offered a film on her, it ran into a legal wrangle. Now, she has sorted all of it. She has been meeting the team each day to discuss how to go about the series. Vidya is involved in every stage of the process and that has consumed most of her time. She wants the show to be of a certain standard and position it well.”
The shooting of Indira Gandhi’s biopic is likely to begin from the latter half of this year.