I don’t think there is a question of returning to Kolkata: Vidya Balan

Kolkata(PTI): Vidya Balan talks of films and her fondness for Kolkata.

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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 movie Bhalo Theko (2003) before being launched in Bollywood with Parineeta.

The star will be next 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 now. It feels 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 that crime that claimed the life of John’s granddaughter. Vidya plays a cop in the movie.

“Nawaz and I were meeting in Kolkata after six years, after we shot Kahaani. Most of my scenes are with Nawaz.”

The actor had to learn how to drive for her role and filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, the creative producer of Te3n, was her driving instructor.

“I know how to drive but I’ve never been a confident driver. I wanted to do it myself, so I actually drove around Kolkata. Sujoy was my driving instructor. That’s the only real preparation I did.” The film is scheduled to release on June 10.