August 18, 2017
After being in news for doing intimate scenes in "Babumoshai
Bandookbaaz", actress Bidita Bag is now part of a children's film.
"I have signed three more films. They are more realistic. One is a children's film, the other is a biopic on social activist Daya Bai and then there is a gangster film," Bidita told reporters here on Friday.
She didn't reveal much about her upcoming projects, but the actress, who has done Bengali, Assamese and Oriya films, says content is the king.
"Content is very important to me, but as an actor you also need recognition...a fan following. Otherwise no one will watch your films.
"I also wanted to do a commercial film to increase my fan following and get recognition in mainstream media. Finally, I got this film ('Babumoshai Bandookbaaz'). I hope people will like my performance and I get more roles," she added.
Asked about her co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, she said: "I met Nawaz for the first time (during the film's shooting). I didn't even know him well. So Babu's body language and Phulwa's were not coming out well."
"We were kissing like...how actors do in regular Bollywood films...innocent and cute, but that wasn't needed.
"The character's boldness and rawness had to come out so, I insisted (on taking retakes)," she added.
Nawazuddin couldn't insist on retakes of intimate scenes, she said.
"Because he thought I'm a woman so, what would I think. But I understood that we were not satisfied with the scenes so, I asked the director to take retakes," she said.
"There were one or two retakes from different angles," she added.
On Nawazuddin having called out racism in Bollywood last month, Bidita said: "I have endorsed fairness brands but after that, I realised that what I had done was not right because most people in our country have a brown skin tone.
"Wrong idea is being sold to them. Their inferiority complex is being pushed which is very bad. He (Nawazuddin) is a great actor. He shouldn't be judged on the basis of his skin tone."
"What he is doing, a lot of men with white skin tone are unable to achieve. Skin tone is not a parameter. To get into the skin of the character is more important," added the actress, who once wanted to play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi or the Rani of Jhansi.