Will Vidya strike gold again with Kahaani?

Always wearing elegant sarees and salwar suits, this time Vidya Balan is seen in maternity clothing in her upcoming movie Kahaani releasing this Friday.

Vidya Balan is a good example of how success changes the persona overnight. The aura that Vidya is flaunting these days is simply amazing and probably her latest market position has prompted the makers of ‘Kahaani’ to release the film right after ‘The Dirty Picture’.

Vidya’s statements are continuously making headlines and the promos of ‘Kahaani’ suggest that the film will get a good opening at least. However the success of ‘Kahaani’ will depend more on the content than Vidya’s star presence.

The success of just one film doesn’t seem enough even for any Bollywood hero to be sure about the box office success of his next, leave aside the case of a heroine. Vidya Balan has definitely carved a niche for herself with some women oriented roles but she has not reached to a status equivalent to Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan. Not that she is lesser talented than Khans but she still not has a dedicated fan base.

There shouldn’t be many doubts about the fact that the Hindi film industry is hero centric and it will take heroines some time to barge into their arena. It is still very unlikely for a heroine to carry forward films such as ‘RA.One’ and ‘Bodyguard’. ‘The Dirty Picture’ became an instant success but didn’t a major part of the revenue come due to the so called ‘bold’ representation of Silk Smitha?

Catchy punch lines also contributed a lot. Overall the film was made with a clear mind of providing entertainment and only entertainment.

Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani’ looks promising at the first glance and appears completely dependent on Vidya’s performance but this time there will be no Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi or Tusshar Kapoor to help her out.

She excelled in ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Paa’ among other actors but those actors were established. This time she is the only one with some market value.

She will definitely go ahead of other heroines if ‘Kahaani’ becomes a success but even the number one heroine Kareena Kapoor can’t boast of any film that had become hit just because Kareena was in it.

Vidya had come a long way since ‘Parineeta’ but ‘Kahaani’ is her real test. She must be hoping for a gold finish.


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