Vidya Balan, who has bagged all the popular Indian film awards this year for her performance as Silk Smitha in “The Dirty Picture”, has also won the prestigious National Award for Best Actress.
Vidya has already scooped up the Best Actress trophies at Filmfare, Screen, Stardust and Zee Cine awards for her searing, uninhibited portrayal of the rise and fall of a South Indian siren.
Vidya says she is still trying to believe that she has won the prestigious trophy.
“I want to believe it…long cherished dream has come true… my first…I don’t know what to say…I want to thank director Milan Luthria for giving me this film. This is really unbelievable…It is the biggest honour of the country…it is very special…every award is special,” Vidya, 33, told reporters after winning the award.
Produced by Ekta Kapoor, the unofficial biopic of the southern sex siren Silk Smitha not only rocked the box office and set the cash registers ringing, it also won the maximum popular awards.
“As the role is concerned, it really required mentally to be totally uninhibited…the film’s success has opened a lot of opportunities, especially the kind of roles for the female actors. It is very nice to see that the line between so called meaningful cinema and commercial has blurred,” said Vidya whose next role is that of a pregnant wife in search of her missing husband in “Kahaani”.
-With The Daily Star input