Vidya Balan and Aamir Khan

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Rumours are rippling through the hills of Mumbai suggesting that Yash Chopra himself has approached Vidya Balan to star opposite Aamir Khan in a love story that will hit the floors early next year aimed for a heavily-promoted Diwali release. It’s a sign of Vidya’s growing stature in the industry that she seems able to be walk effortlessly from a Bachchan project – Pa – into such a prominent project.

Meanwhile, Vidya has dropped her stylist Manish Malhotra for Sabayachi, the one the cast used for Pa. “Sabya has styled my look in Pa,” she explains, “It’s a very organic look. But organic or ayurvedic, I am all for it.”

With the shooting for Pa behind her, Vidya is now working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi on Ishqiya– a love triangle with a difference as Arshad plays Naseer’s nephew in the movie. For the first time on screen, Naseer has dyed his hair to fit the part. “That’s right,” he confirms, “I’m supposed to be this 40-year-old rake doing naughty things, like wooing the neighbourhood widow Vidya Balan. Giving me competition in the endeavour is my screen nephew Arshad Warsi. So my character has to really pull up his socks to vie for the lady’s attentions.”

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