Vidya Balan is known for getting into the skin of her characters. She goes to great lengths to essay her roles with conviction – be it gaining weight for The Dirty Picture (2011) or putting on a fake baby belly to achieve the gait of a pregnant woman for her role in Kahaani (2012).
Now, the National award-winning actor will be attending horse riding lessons for her next project, a Hindi adaptation of film-maker Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film, Rajkahini (2015), in which she plays the head of a brothel.
A source says, “Vidya plays the titular character in her next film and has been preparing for the role. Earlier in the year, she worked on her voice as her character required her to sound hoarse. Later, she started reading Urvashi Butalia’s 1998 book, The Other Side Of Silence, which is based on the Partition. Now, she will start horse riding lessons in two-three weeks.” The shoot for the movie started earlier this month in Jharkhand, and Vidya has a horse riding coach who will train with her for an hour every day.
“While horse riding does not form a major part of the movie, a few scenes will require Vidya to ride a horse. She wants to be completely prepared for it,” adds the source. We tried reaching the star, but she was unavailable for comment.