Vidya Balan graced the Coloroso store at the Silver Arcade complex with her presence on the 28th of June this year when she was in town to promote her soon-to-be movie, Bobby Jasoos. As a kind gesture of acknowledgement of the association of Coloroso and Bobby Jasoos, Vidya found time to pop into the store for a quick look at the one thing she admitted to have loved the most: sarees.
When you expect someone of such great worth to make a visit to your place, the tension and the jitters in anticipation are unparalleled. But all of that flew right out of the window when she walked in dressed in a simple cotton salwar kameez and comfortable sneakers, complete with a backpack perched on her petite shoulders. The only adornment in sight was the famous grin you had seen light up the screen all this while. When you have someone who’s rubbed shoulders with the world’s most adulated actors as jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, having earned every bit of the honour by way of distinguished acting skills, standing within inches in your vicinity, you expect her to at least have some starry airs.
But the first thing she did after exchanging pleasantries, was to stroll around the entire store feasting her eyes on Coloroso sarees with child-like enthusiasm, never giving you the chance to remember that she has, at her beck and call, the country’s most sought-after designers. The Sabyasachi muse admitted to loving sarees so much that she could live in them. And if you ask us, we haven’t seen a Bollywood actress look so perfectly fetching in a saree for a long time.
Apart from her penchant for sarees, we definitely got to see less porcelain and more of the real Vidya. Not that we were living in illusions, but it is quite difficult to imagine a superstar, much loved by millions across the country, to be genuinely interested in the lives of others who she might never meet again. Right from greeting everyone present at the store individually to keenly listening to what goes into the making of the sarees to even expressing her delight at seeing female photographers rubbing shoulders with their male counterparts, this sort of warm involvement is the last thing you imagine being meted out by a celebrity.
But then again, maybe this expectation of stars to behave like stars, the stereotyping of celebrity behavior is more inside our heads than in reality. We tend to put so much of fictitious weight to stardom that we forget that the difference between the much-celebrated stars and ourselves is just a profession and the add-ons that come with a profession. Vidya, in her casual attire and with the infectious warmth, proves that the real reason to love the stars is not the thought that they are unattainable, but the realization that they are just as much flesh and blood as we are.
Times of India’s Calcutta Times had covered the event. A snapshot of the same: