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Updated: June 7, 2014 17:33 IST

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Harshikaa Udasi
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Bobby Jasoos is the story of Bilkis Bano (Vidya Balan) from Hyderabad who has a big dream.
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Bobby Jasoos is the story of Bilkis Bano (Vidya Balan) from Hyderabad who has a big dream.

Vidya Balan wears 12 different looks for detective flick Bobby Jasoos

When Vidya Balan turns spy, you’d better watch it. But her husband doesn’t need to, says the actress. “I don’t spy on him; Siddharth is a rather boring person. Only in this aspect,” she winked. The actress was playing to the gallery and loving it. The toast of the town despite two commercial duds – Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Vidya was in her element at the trailer launch of her new film Bobby Jasoos.

Bobby Jasoos is the story of Bilkis Bano (Vidya) from Hyderabad who has a big dream. “Not to go to New York or shop for anything fancy, but just to be the best detective that there is in the country,” says Vidya. We will get to see her in at least 12 different avatars in the movie, right from a lungi-clad beggar with unkempt hair to a balding astrologer with stained teeth, which was her favourite. “I liked the masculine get-ups the most,” said Vidya. “These men always complain about how the beards itch, but I totally loved it. In the astrologer get-up, when I looked at myself in the mirror, there was no Vidya there at all! There can’t be a bigger high for an actor.”

Co-produced by Dia Mirza and beau Saahil Singha’s Born Free Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment and directed by debutant Samar Shaikh, the film releases on July 4. Ali Fazal (3 Idiots, Fukrey) is acting opposite Vidya along with Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Kiran Kumar and Arjun Bajwa.

Vidya has lost none of her spontaneity. When director Samar Shaikh spoke of how the film is like a baby for him and his scriptwriter-wife Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh, Vidya promptly retorted, “Finally someone else is having a baby!” to much laughter from the audience. The rumour mills have been working overtime to suggest that Vidya is pregnant though the actress has been denying it all along.

Producers Dia and Saahil got the film’s crew to appear on stage and personally thanked everyone. To launch the trailer, five real-life detectives were invited and the trailer dedicated to them. With four of them women, Vidya said, “Women are better in every field.”

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