Yami Gautam: Bala is the perfect script to bring Vicky and Ashima back from 'Vicky Donor'
Seven years after making his Bollywood debut with the 2012 romantic comedy of Shoojit Sircar, 'Vicky Donor', Yami Gautam & Ayushmann Khurrana they have met with Dinesh Vijan's next satirical comedy, 'Bala', which also features Bhumi Pednekar . The duo has known each other since they were kids the 35-year-old actor has interned under Yami’s father who heads a Punjabi channel in Chandigarh & shot a documentary with him.
“When he was doing reality show, I was in high school & my friends would gloat because a boy from our city had made it to the show. I was even more proud because Ayushmann is a family friend. He will always be special because he was my first co-star & 'Bala' is the perfect script to bring back Vicky & Ashima. We spoke a lot about 'Vicky Donor'. Back then, no one was watching their calories & we would gorge on the sets,” Yami reminisces with a laugh.
Incidentally, while filming in Lucknow for 'Bala', they also ran into their first director. Shoojit was in the City of Nawabs, shooting his next directorial, 'Gulabo Sitabo'. “Ayushmann & I were on his set at different times but being with Shoojit da & Juhi (Chaturvedi, scriptwriter) brought back fond memories of our time together. The 'Bala' journey was also smooth & organic. And I was thrilled when Ayushmann bagged the National Award (Best Actor for 'AndhaDhun', which he shared with Vicky Kaushal who won for 'Uri: The Surgical Strike'). Our city is doubly proud of him now, ”the actress smiles.
In 'Bala', she plays Pari, & describes her character as the princess of her own world & a filmi drama queen who loves to perform to ’90s songs. “Pari is straightforward & said what she believes in irrespective of whether anyone agrees with her or not. The aspect of the society that Pari represents is significant to the narrative & its message,” Yami shares, saying her muses for this role were the decade’s star actresses Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit & Juhi Chawla whose 'Chaalbaaz', 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!', & 'Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke' respectively, rank among her favourites. “It isn’t only about dialogue, they were effortless in the comic scenes as well.”
'Bala' revolves around a man grappling with premature balding & a dusky girl who is at odds with a society obsessed with fair skin. “'Bala' deals with several issues connecting back to society’s ingrained definition of beauty & the importance of self-love & self-worth which is above everything else,” she asserts.
Prod her on her personal take on the subject & she points out that the concept of beauty is extremely subjective. “Also, today everyone is individualistic. We must celebrate that & start focusing on the positives. As they said, one size doesn’t fit all. This is true for not just the audience but also those consuming several products,” she avers.
As the face of a cosmetic brand does she see the colour bias slowly diminishing with increasing awareness? “As the years go by & times change, the definition of beauty changes too. What was perhaps normal a decade ago, isn’t acceptable anymore. Today, even the brand I represent has evolved. Their line of communication has changed & that’s a strong & positive testimony of adapting to the times we are in,” Yami maintains.