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No one can dare to remake 'Mother India': Vidya Balan

Updated: April 8, 2013, 4:24 PM IST
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No one can dare to remake 'Mother India': Vidya Balan
Balan, who has posed as Nargis from 'Mother India' for a magazine, says no one would ever dare to remake the classic.

Mumbai: Actress Vidya Balan, who has posed as veteran actress Nargis from 'Mother India' for a magazine, says no one would ever dare to remake the classic. Vidya posed as 'Mother India' on the cover of Cine Blitz magazine to celebrate 100 years of cinema. She unveiled the cover of the magazine here over the weekend.

"I don't think anyone would dare to remake 'Mother India'. It is unachievable. And whoever does it I will salute them," Vidya told reporters here. "When you think of a strong woman of Indian cinema the one name that comes to your mind is Nargis from 'Mother India'. I am happy that in some or the other way I was able to pay tribute to the film," she said.

During the photo shoot, the national award winning actress was not nervous as her focus was on looking perfect. "I think I was trying to keep it original and match up to the original photos - be it in terms of makeup, look, body
language etc. So the focus was on recreating that moment," Vidya said.

"I was excited that I got to do this, I feel honoured to pay tribute to her," she said. Vidya also said that there are some roles that she would love to play on the big screen which include- Sridevi of 'Mr India' and 'Sadma', noted actress Rekha of 'Khubsoorat' and 'Umrao Jaan' and Hema Malini of 'Seeta Aur Geeta'.

Today, at a time when B-town actresses ape western culture, Vidya believes in being Indian. "I was making a conscious effort of going westernised four-five years ago but that made me unconscious. I love Indian cinema, love Indian classical music. I am connected to these things," Vidya said.

"I love Indian caste and culture. Why should I shy away from them, to each is own...I do think more and more people are celebrating Indianness," she said.

Meanwhile, Balan feels that Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt deserves a lesser punishment in the 1993 blasts case. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has received several representations and petitions from various individuals and organisations, both seeking and opposing clemency for the 53-year-old actor.

Dutt has been ordered by the Supreme Court recently to return to jail to complete the five-year-sentence in the blasts case. But as he has already served 18 months, he would have to undergo the imprisonment for three-and-a-half-years.

"We all have faith in judiciary system. I don't think it is right for me to say anything about that. But as someone who really considers him as special and dear I just wish that his punishment becomes less. I know there are people who deserve this... but all of us are reacting from a personal point of view," Vidya said.

"Sanju is very special for me. I will always be there for him. God bless him," she said on the sidelines of an event held over the weekend here.

First Published: April 8, 2013, 4:24 PM IST
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