Vidya Balan to play Geeta Bali’s role in a Marathi biopic


After playing Silk Smitha’s role in The Dirty Picture, the national-award winning actress, Vidya Balan will now be seen in a cameo role as Geeta Bali in a Marathi biopic.

The biopic is on Bhagwan Dada which showcases his life’s struggles and all the difficulties he faced while making his musical release featuring the then popular actress, Geeta Bali for Albela in 1951.

Vidya was recommended by senior make-up artist Vidyadhar Bhatte to director Shekhar Sartandel, who was looking for someone “with a truly Indian face” for Geeta Bali’s role.

The Kahaani actress immediately accepted the role. Speaking about her role, she said, “It’s an honour to be playing the effervescent Geeta Bali even if it is just a special appearance, and to be recreating Albela for a Marathi biopic on Bhagwan Dada.”

According to Bollywood insiders, though Vidya will have to put some effort to look like Geeta Bali, she will not necessarily have to speak Marathi.