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Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan

Indian film actress

Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪd̪ːja baːlən]; born 1 January 1979) is an Indian actress who works mainly in Hindi cinema. Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women with her roles in female-led films, she is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch. While pursuing a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai, she made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film, and featured in television commercials and music videos. She made her film debut by starring in the Bengali film Bhalo Theko (2003) and received praise for her first Hindi film, the drama Parineeta. This was followed by commercial successes in Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), but her roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) had negative reviews.

Vidya went on to establish herself by starring in five consecutive commercial successes, which also earned her critical and awards recognition. These were in the drama Paa (2009), the black comedy Ishqiya (2010), the thrillers No One Killed Jessica and Kahaani (2012), and the biopic The Dirty Picture (2011). The last of these won her the National Film Award for Best Actress. She followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office. This changed when she starred as a radio jockey in Tumhari Sulu (2017) and a scientist in Mission Mangal (2019). The latter ranks as her highest-grossing release.

Vidya also promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women. She is a member of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification and hosts a radio show. She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and dress sense, but was later credited in the media for her unconventionality. Vidya is married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.


January 1, 1979
Vidya Balan was born in Republic of India.


Further Resources



Roy, Priyanka

3 December 2011

"The Artist"

Singh, Raghuvendra

23 April 2012

"Vidya gets dirty... and how!"

Baliga, Shashi

(2 December 2011

"Why everybody loves Vidya"

Janardhan, Arun

2 March 2012


August 12, 2021
The Times of India
"Beyond excited to reunite with Suresh Triveni and to team-up with the brilliant Shefali Shah to create something special!" shares an elated Vidya Bal
July 24, 2021
Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan was once given some unsolicited advice by a female actress about her sartorial choices. She recalled feeling too 'stunned' to react at the time. | Bollywood
July 6, 2021
The Indian Army has named one of its firing ranges in Kashmir after Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, sparking criticism on social media. | OpIndia News
June 22, 2021
Sherni opened to largely stellar reviews from film critics
Bollywood Hungama
June 17, 2021
Bollywood Hungama
Taapsee Pannu names three actresses who have helped make the film industry better for female actors Bollywood News: Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood News Today, Bollywood Celebrity News, Breaking News, Celeb News, Celebrities News, Bollywood News Hindi, Hindi Bollywood News at Bollywood
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