Here’s how Vidya Balan reacted to a fan trying to take selfie at Pankaj Udhas’ funeral – watch video


In a solemn Mumbai brimming with mourners, the tranquility of a farewell rite was momentarily disrupted by an unusual incident. Within the throng of attendees clad in the hues of grief, Bollywood star Vidya Balan experienced an intrusive encounter with a determined fan desiring a selfie, as the film industry and fans alike gathered to pay their final respects to the legendary ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, who succumbed to a prolonged illness at the age of 72.

As the mourners congregated, Vidya Balan’s elegant presence, draped in a white Indian ensemble, was a symbol of the poise and respect befitting the somber occasion. Yet, as she navigated through this delicate setting, she was pursued by an overly persistent fan. The fan’s quest for a selfie with the star bordered on the disruptive, undeterred even after a female companion of Vidya’s spoke sternly, urging the man to honor the solemnity of the occasion. His relentless pursuit, however, found no favor with the renowned actress. Vidya Balan, recognized for her astute and composed approach, especially under media scrutiny, managed to maintain her calm and dignity. She offered no words or acknowledgement, effectively sidestepping any interaction with the individual. This moment of poised restraint was captured in a video that has since proliferated across social media platforms, stirring a mix of admiration for her handling of the situation and critique of the overzealous fan.

The reverence with which Pankaj Udhas’ final journey unfolded was marked by full state honors. A tribute band serenaded him with melodies befitting the renowned singer as the funeral procession wended its way through the streets. His casket, embellished with a sheath of pristine white flowers, carried the draped National Flag, a testament to a lifetime of contribution to Indian music. Fans and friends murmured renditions of his nostalgic hits like ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’ and ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhaar,’ each melody a poignant echo of a voice stilled.

In contrast to the day’s mournful undertones, the conversation about Vidya Balan’s career offered a glimpse into the vibrant world of cinema that continues to evolve. On the work front, Vidya’s upcoming project, the romantic drama ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar,’ promises to be a vivid exploration of love and contemporary relationships, featuring the talents of Pratik Gandhi and Ileana D’Cruz. Directed by Shirsha Guha Thakurta, the film is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 29, 2024, anticipated to add another facet to Vidya’s diverse portfolio.

Moreover, fans can look forward to Vidya Balan’s return to the ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ franchise, where she famously portrayed the enigmatic Manjulika. Anees Bazmee will helm the third installment, succeeding the directorial lead of the original by Priyadarshan, which featured Vidya alongside Akshay Kumar. The second part brought together Kartik Aaryan with Tabu and Kiara Advani, cementing the franchise’s success. Bursting with enthusiasm for the series, producer Bhushan Kumar expressed his confidence in Bazmee’s visionary direction and Kartik’s potent on-screen presence, projecting ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3’ as a festive cinematic offering set to enthrall audiences this Diwali.

This juxtaposition of personal poise in the face of inappropriate fandom against the backdrop of a revered artist’s final adieu, followed by the anticipation of an illustrious actress’s upcoming roles, paints a resolute picture of the film industry’s multifaceted challenges and triumphs. In life as in cinema, the narrative is complex and the emotions run deep, and as Vidya Balan reminded us, grace under pressure remains an art form unto itself. (With inputs from ANI)

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