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So four Screen awards in a row. Karan Johar feels we should name the Best Actress award as the Vidya Balan award. What do you think? Where do you keep your awards?

(Laughs) I've resisted displaying the awards in my office so far. They are kept at my parents' place. This year, my mom insisted that I should bring them to my house, so this year's booty is here. I still have to figure out how to display them, or if I want to.

Out of all the awards for your films, is there one that is more special than the rest?

It's tough to choose, but I must say this year it feels more gratifying to win one for Kahaani. It was a difficult film. We really took one day at a time, one step at a time. I was a part of Kahaani when it was just a one-line idea. Sujoy Ghosh (director) narrated a lot of ideas but this is what I liked. He didn't even have a story when I agreed to do the film. I remember Sujoy said, "just be with me on this one." It was a great learning experience for me to see Kahaani's journey from one line to the story to the screenplay and then the film. It was a tough film ó we shot for 64 days without a break on a tight budget. When we were shooting Kahaani, we kept saying Ekla cholo re and slowly it became a caravan. With all these awards, I feel Kahaani has now got everything ó critical acclaim, commercial success, awards. The film's journey is now complete.

What was the toughest bit about Kahaani?

Promoting the film. People called me mad when I went about town in a pregnant woman's get-up, but what could I do? I had to draw people's attention.

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