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In the mood for love on Bengali V-day!

Vidya Balan picked Saraswati Puja — a kind of Valentine’s Day now for the young Bengali — to come to her “favourite city” to promote her new film Shaadi Ke Side Effects. “I remember I had gone to Anurag Basu’s house last year for Saraswati Puja and it was on the same day that Shaadi Ke Side Effects was announced!” Vidya told Metro on Tuesday at The Park. Farhan Akhtar, Vidya’s co-star in the February 28 release directed by Saket Chaudhary, was intrigued by Saraswati Puja doubling as V-Day for the young Bengali in love. “I just heard of this concept when I came in today… it sounds like fun. Hope everyone’s having a good time,” dimpled the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag man. The last word belonged to ‘Bidya Madam’, of course: “I really don’t need a Valentine’s Day to express my love for Bengal and all things Bengali. My message for Calcutta is ‘anek aador’.” Pictures by Pabitra Das