Vidya Balan IS dating Siddharth Roy Kapoor, she says

Well, we always knew it, but now the star has actually come out and admitted it in public

Sometimes Bollywood is a very strange world to watch. Relationships happen and dissolve, people fall in and out of love, bonds are made and broken, but it takes a lot for the folks concerned to come out and say so. Some are brave –remember how Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor walked into a do holding hands and looking very Hollywood? And others, like so many that we could name if we were really being indiscreet, prefer to be very hush hush and chupa rustom about the love-shove-stuff, though why, we have no idea.

Now take Vidya Balan. She was in the gossip spotlight when we heard that she was coochie-close to Shahid Kapoor during the shoot of Kismat Konnection. But neither she nor her dishy co-star would admit to that one. And we have heard this and that and the other about her romantic life when she was a TV actor, in Ekta Kapoor’s Hum Paanch, for instance. And then there was this geeky older woman vibe on when she did a role in Ishqiya, followed by the fat thing in The Dirty Picture, and then Kahaani soon after. Along the way – and this happened after she found Sabyasachi Mukherjee and her fashion groove and was seen almost everywhere in heavy saris with three-quarter sleeved blouses – we did hear about this gent she called ‘SRK’, with a giggle attached.

There was some speculation then, if you remember, that perhaps Viddy had a crush on Shahrukh Khan. But the giggle came even when the two were seen together onstage at various events. Which told us and everyone else that this SRK was someone else. And that is where that famous picture of Vidya and her man-friend on a brief holiday in Goa made it all very clear. SRK was Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV – which coincidentally is producing her next, Ghanchakkar, directed by Rajkumar Gupta of No One Killed Jessica fame. But neither of them would talk about it. And it was really sweet that SRK – no, not Shahrukh – was there with Vidya when she got her National Award for TDP a few weeks ago.

And now, finally – can we have a flourish of trumpets here, please! – the lady has come out and admitted that she and her SRK have a ‘thing’ going. On a recent trip to Australia Vidya told the media, “I will admit that I am dating him but not beyond that. I don’t have any plans yet… and there is no engagement ring yet. It’s a while away and I am in no hurry. But it’s on my mind and there is a plan at some point.” And now we can wait and watch the rumour mills churn out stories about her engagement, wedding, honeymoon, babies…in whatever order.